Objet phare des musées de Grasse

Jean-Honoré Fragonard Villa-Museum

Jean-Honoré FRAGONARD The Three Graces

05 June 2014 / 17h45

The Three Graces

Ca. 1770 - oil on canvas

Louvre Museum – on loan to Villa Musée Fragonard

Inv. D 1958.1.1

In 1769, Louis XV offered the Château de Louveciennes (Yvelines department) to his new favourite, Madame du Barry. Before having a pleasure pavilion built on the estate grounds, Madame du Barry decided to first renew the decoration inside the old château. She therefore purchased four overdoors painted by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who was already well known, from the painter François-Hubert Drouais. The themes are from Greco-Roman mythology: The Three Graces, a centrepiece of Villa Musée Fragonard, Love Embracing the Universe (Toulon Museum), Venus and Cupid (Dublin Museum) and Night (Edmond de Rothschild collection).

The Graces, who personified beauty and charm, were the daughters of Zeus and Hera or of Apollo and Aegle and were named Euphrosyne, Thalia and Aglaia.