Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1758-1823)
“Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows” (1809)
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Commissioned by Empress Josephine, this canvas was to be shown at the 1810 Salon, but the plan was abandoned when Napoleon divorced her in late 1809. Following Napoleon’s marriage to an Austrian archduchess, any public exhibition of the painting was inconceivable, and the work remained in the artist’s studio until his death. The painting being unfinished may also reflect the patron’s painful circumstances.