The Vow of Love (Le Serment d'amour)

The Vow of Love (Le Serment d'amour)

Artist
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, 1732-1806
Country
French
drawing
Brown ink and brush, brown wash over black chalk indications on paper
The Esmond Bradley Martin Collection
2019.592

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Vow of Love (Le Serment d’amour), date unknown. Brown ink and brush, brown wash over black chalk indications; 8 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. Denver Art Museum: The Esmond Bradley Martin Collection, 48.2015
 

Dimensions
image height: 8 7/8 in, 22.5425 cm; image width: 6 5/8 in, 16.8275 cm; frame height: 18 in, 45.7200 cm; frame width: 15 3/4 in, 40.0050 cm; frame depth: 2 in, 5.0800 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900
Known Provenance
Probably Prince Paul Demidoff (1839-1885), Palazzo di San Donato, near Florence, (?) his sale (Paris, Catalogue de beaux dessins et aquarelles anciens et modernes par...Fragonard...de la vente San Donato, April 27-28, 1874, lot 80 ["Premiere pensee du tableau grave par Mathieu"]); Camille Groult (1837-1908), Paris, as of 1889; by descent to his grandson, Pierre Bordeaux-Groult (1916-2007), until 1984; when acquired by Private Collection (Sotheby's, New York, Old Master Drawings Sale January 28, 2015, lot 106); from which acquired by Esmond Bradley Martin [1941–2018], 2015; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2019.
Exhibition History
  • "Fragonard"—The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 1980, no. 158, also cited under no. 157, reproduced
  • "The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier"—Wildenstein, New York, 2005-06, no. 120, reproduced
  • "Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love"—Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, 10/28/2007-01/21/2008
  • J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 02/12-05/04/2008, no number