Painting of the French painter Jean Honore Fragonard “The Source of Love”. The size of the picture is 64 x 51 cm, canvas, oil. In his painting, Fragonard portrayed how a man and a young woman swiftly escaped from the dark thicket of the forest and finally reached the edge of the source pool. Putti frolic in the waters of the spring and the billowing spray of the fountain, one of them offers a bowl of magical fluid for young lovers.
The source of Love is the story of the Garden of Love, an allegory of the nature of love that arose in the poetry of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Fragonard portrayed the water of the spring, into which Cupid lowers his arrows, then striking with the love of the gods and people. In each period of painting of a certain era of human culture, artists wrote this romantic motive. At the turn of the 1700’s, artists viewed the allegory of the Fontana of Love almost as an object of the genre, portraying lovers in the appropriate era of costumes flirting in the garden at the decorative source. With this version of Jean Honore’s painting, Fragonard returned an allegory to its classical form.