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The Fountain of Love, c. 1785.
The Fountain of Love
c. 1785
Oil on canvas
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Fragonard painted at least four versions of The Fountain of Love. In this first example, the mood is mysterious and dreamlike. Cupids flutter around a fountain overflowing with magical liquid. Two of them offer a cup to a man and woman who seem to strain against a stiff breeze as they emerge into the light from a dark and vaguely threatening grove of trees.

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