Love letter - Jean Honore Fragonard. 83,2x67
The great founder of French painting of the XVIII century. Jean Honore FragonardHaving absorbed the experience of Boucher and Watteau, he developed his own pictorial language and exquisite style. The singer of love and nature, childhood and family life, the artist left behind quite a variety of works.
This picture shows a girl taken aback in her room at her desk while reading a letter enclosed in a bouquet of flowers that she holds in her hands. The pink cheeks and a faint smile on her lips suggest how sweet the sender was to her heart. The ray of sunlight penetrating from the window into the room fluctuates and models the girl’s face, staining her skin and blue glimpses of a dress woven with quick, lively and airy strokes. The beauty of the scene comes from the exquisite spontaneity and apparent improvisation of the composition, made in the spirit of realism, but without a shadow of importunity. The person of the portrait is unknown, but based on the text of the note, we can assume that we have before us the daughter of Francois Boucher - Marie Emilborn in 1740. Remaining a widow in 1773, she married a friend of her father.
The words of the note can be a reference to an anonymous cavalier, or, if you read Cuvillere, then this girl is Marie Emil Boucher, who in 1773 married the architect Charles Etienne Gabriel Cuvillier.