The Fountain of Love

Now hanging in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) painted The Fountain of Love around 1785 [top]. In the 20th century, the British artist Fred Millar reproduced this and other Rococo masterpieces as color engravings for easy home decoration. The Graphic Arts Collection holds this slightly faded copy of Millar’s Fountain of Love.

Below is a Photoshopped image that better represents Millar’s print. The soft romanticism of Fragonard has been simplified, emphasizing the female form and the drama of the scene.

Fred Millar (active 1900-1923), after a painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), Fountain of Love = Fontaine d’amour, 1907. Color engraving. Graphic Arts Collection GA 2011.01460