|'Fountain of Love'
Fontaine d'amour: ca 1785
an original mezzotint
after the oil painting by
Depicting Cupid-like putti borne on clouds offering a golden chalice drinking bowl to a pair of classically draped figures. Man and woman rush swiftly forward to drink from the waters of the flowing, mythological fountain, behind them a dark, shadowed forest landscape.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was a late Rococo painter of the French Ancien Régime whose works were distinguished by painterly facility and exuberance. Originally a pupil of Chardin, Fragonard produced a large number of works until the growing fashion of neo-classicism and the French Revolution forced him to flee into obscurity. Fragonard’s reputation revived in the late 19th century, when his sense of color, relaxed hedonistic subject matter and painterly brushwork inspired new generations of the Impressionists such as Renoir.
Fred Millar (exhibited; 1915-1923) British etcher and mezzotinter, well recognised in the late 19th and early 20th century for his decorative mezzotints inspired by other artists and sold in limited editions in London and New York.
A excellent etching which is bright and unfaded in colored inks, with fine detail and superb textures, the image printed within a strong platemark and fine impression, on a wove paper sheet size of 21 cms. x 25 cms. (8¼ x 9¾ ins.)
Signed and dated in the image and signed in pencil; 'Engraved and printed in colour in one printing by Fred Millar' in the lower margin.
Unmounted and unframed, the condition of the image and sheet is good with an overall age toning and handling marks condusive with age.