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The Oath of Love, after Fragonard, c. 1786.
In conjunction with Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love, the Clark is offering a number of public lectures and programs related to the exhibition. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For information, call 413 458 0524.

"Fragonard's Paintings of Love" Opening Lecture
Sunday, October 28, 2:00 pm
Explore the drama and passion of Fragonard's paintings of love in this opening lecture with guest curator Andrei Molotiu, independent scholar.

"Whose Love Is It Anyway?" Sex, Gender, and Culture in Eighteenth-Century France
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm
Mary Sheriff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Melissa Hyde of the University of Florida, Gainesville, will talk to the Clark's Richard Rand and Mark Ledbury about how our understanding and appreciation of Fragonard has been changed by new approaches to enlightenment, gender relationships in eighteenth-century France, and the themes of "love" and "passion" in the work of Fragonard and his contemporaries.

"Fragonard and the Fable"
Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm
One of Fragonard's many talents was as a book illustrator, and one of his great achievements was the illustrations for a project that never came to fruition: a luxury edition of Jean de la Fontaine's Contes et Nouvelles. This lecture by Mark Ledbury explores this project and Fragonard's astonishing drawings for it.

"Fragonard and the Garden of Love"
Sunday, December 2, 2:00 pm
Clark senior curator Richard Rand discusses Fragonard's paintings and drawings of picturesque gardens, fecund environments for flirtation, courtship, and love in eighteenth-century France.

In Amorous Fashion: Films of Fragonard's France
Take a look at French aristocratic style in Fragonard's era during this Saturday afternoon film series.
  • Saturday, November 17, 2:00 pm
    Dangerous Liaisons (1988, 120 min.)
    Laclos's novel from 1782 has been adapted to the screen in various times and places, but two costume dramas true to the era were produced at the same time. Stephen Frears's version, with Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Uma Thurman reached the screen first and garnered most of the attention, and remains bleak but beautiful.

  • Saturday, December 1, 2:00 pm
    Valmont (1989, 137 min.)
    Milos Forman's version of Laclos's novel is less intent on psychological interiority, and more on lavish interiors and exteriors. As played by Annette Bening, Colin Firth, Meg Tilly, and Fairuza Balk, the characters are more playful than malevolent, and the tone is closer to French bedroom farce. But, oh those sets and costumes!

  • Saturday, December 15, 2:00 pm
    Ridicule (1996, 102 min.)
    Patrice Leconte explores the mores of Versailles in the reign of Louis XIV, where rapier wit is the means of advancement, and romance a snare and distraction. Fanny Ardant leads a sparkling French cast in this sumptuous and wickedly funny film.

  • Saturday, December 29, 2:00 pm
    Marie Antoinette (2006, 123 min.)
    Girls just want to have fun, and Sofia Coppola reminds us the queen was just a girl before she became a byword for royal decadence. Kirsten Dunst portrays her with engaging exhilaration—despite the guillotine in her future—in this delicious bonbon of a movie.

Printed Love
Also on view is Printed Love, a companion exhibition featuring eighteenth-century prints and illustrated books from the Clark's collection depicting Rococo masterpieces on the theme of love.
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