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The Meeting

1771-73: Frick Collection at New York

Louis XV's last mistress, Madame Du Barry, commissioned Fragonard to paint four panels for the drawing-room of her pavilion at Louveciennes. She chose as a theme "The Progress of Love". The panels, titled The Pursuit, The Meeting, Love Letters, and The Lover Crowned were quickly replaced (if they were ever hung at all) by panels painted by Vien. Stung, Fragonard refused the 18,000 livres he had been promised and took the panels back to his studio. Apparently greatly attached to them, he kept them with him and eventually hung them in the drawing room of a cousin's house in Grasse.
 
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