Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love
This small, focused exhibition assembles a group of paintings, drawings, and prints for the first time to examine the late allegories of love by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806). This project comes out of research based on the Getty Museum's own painting, The Fountain of Love, which was acquired in 1999. Previous exhibitions and most scholarship on Fragonard have concentrated on the artist's earlier career, emphasizing the pastoral and playful Rococo subjects from the 1760s and 1770s more traditionally associated with Fragonard, but this exhibition concentrates on the extraordinary, and still little-known, later works, when he embarked on a series of dramatic reflections on the subject of Romantic love, adopting a newly-restrained palette and allegorical vocabulary, while retaining his famously fluid and effortless handling. The exhibition is accompanied by a related publication.