Objet phare des musées de Grasse

Jean-Honoré Fragonard Villa-Museum

Landscape with Washerwomen Near a Pond Where a Donkey Has Stopped

05 June 2014 / 17h45

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Landscape with Washerwomen Near a Pond Where a Donkey Has Stopped

Ca. 1768 - oil on canvas

Louvre Museum – on loan to Villa Musée Fragonard

Inv. D 1959.2.1

This painting was a great success in the eighteenth century. Purchased by Louis XVIII, it was the second work by Jean-Honoré Fragonard to be hung in the Louvre Museum, after Corésus and Callirhoé. The artist's goal of rivalling the seventeenth-century Dutch landscape artists is seen here in the multiplication of picturesque details: a rustic stairway, tree trunks, ladder, cottage, washerwomen leaning over the pond and the donkey awaiting its load.