VIEN, Joseph-Marie
(b. 1716, Montpellier, d. 1809, Paris)

Lover Crowning his Mistress

1773
Oil on canvas, 335 x 202 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In 1773 Vien received the patronage of Mme du Barry, who for her Château de Louveciennes commissioned the series of four works depicting the Progress of Love in the Hearts of Young Girls. Two from the series, the Greek Maidens Adorning a Sleeping Cupid with Flowers, and the Lover Crowning his Mistress, are in the Louvre.