This painting, this fête galante, full of lovers in a garden, is a celebration of flirtation and love. While the young lovers are the focal point of the painting, a full half of the painting is dedicated to the landscape, to the architecture, to the physicality of the scene.
As I looked at this painting by Nicolas Lancret, newly acquired by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, I was reminded of something. Years ago, on a summer's day in Paris, I decided to take a camera with me on my jog through the Luxembourg Gardens. I was in a good mood that day as I made my way through the flowers, perhaps under the influence of the happiness that comes from being in a new relationship. The man I had met a month earlier? He's now my husband!
I took that old footage and made a short video, celebrating being in love in a garden—and the garden itself!
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