French novelist Phillipe Sollers is highly intriqued by this mystery, as he writes in Les Surprises de Fragonard:
It's quite disturbing, I thought the letter was being received, not sent. Unless.... it's being intercepted. Is she a spy ? Who knows ? This beautiful red head, with her beckoning, sidelong glance, must have more than one trick up her sleeve".
The painting is one of many masterpieces found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. You may need to make a trip to NYC and see the envelope for yourself. Or, if you are lucky enough to live in NYC, you must do some detective work and report back to us.
I love the way the bouquet is wrapped. It's so romantic. In fact this is my idea of a perfect Valentine's bouquet. The light coming through the room, her dress, her cheeky glance and her lovely canine companion only add to the allure of this fabulous painting.
So...... any thoughts ?