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The present picture depicts the scene of an impending contract of marriage, as the bride-to-be anxiously awaits, quietly eavesdropping on her elders who debate her future. Lingering further in the dark, out of the moonlit shadows, is her lover. This scene exemplifies the language of the Rococo, illustrating the flirtatious and romantic nature of this style characteristic in the art of 18th century France.
Fragonard's series of paintings “The Progress of Love”, at the Frick Collection, share the same themes and subject matter of amorous love that often pervaded the Rococo, although no evidence indicates that the two artists ever met or collaborated.
Stylistic and compositional similarities in the present picture relate to other signed works by the artist. The appearance of the architectural structure and its interior here recalls another signed picture by the artist in the Musée Nissim de Camondo. Gautier D'Agoty exhibited his aptitude for portraits in the depiction of the four figures, which resemble a number of the artist's works in the Musée de Versailles. In this work, the artist aptly combined his talent in portraiture with a larger setting of a genre scene, expanding his compositional format to create an exception to his typical subject matter.
|Height||140.00 cm||(55.12 inches)|
|Width||173.00 cm||(68.11 inches)|