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The Island of Love

Jean Honoré Fragonard French

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Fragonard used gouache, an opaque form of watercolor, on only a few occasions. This view of a pleasure garden, despite its small scale, is a finished work meant to stand on its own—a silvery version of a larger painting (today in the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon). Like many of Fragonard’s late landscapes, it is a product of the artist’s imagination that presents the natural world as a place of mystery, thrill, and pleasure.

The Island of Love, Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), Black chalk and gouache

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