Objet phare des musées de Grasse
Jean-Honoré Fragonard Villa-Museum
The Pledge of Love
Ca. 1785 - oil on canvas
Louvre Museum – on loan to Villa Musée Fragonard
In a garden at night under a transparent light, a young couple embraces while pledging eternal love. This work is part of a series of paintings which are much more symbolically expressed than was the case with the Fragonard’s previous naughty realism. Through an overall movement and drapery emphasized by chiaroscuro, the painter magnificently conveys the energy of an all-devouring passion.