IN THE MUSEUMS : Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. 

The Love Letter, early 1770s

Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Oil on canvas

Origin : Galerie Kraemer
Location : Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.

This painting should not be read as a portrait, but as a genre scene that takes up a key eighteenth-century theme, the love letter, in which the appreciation of the work is as much about how Fragonard paints as what he depicts.