Les Promeneuses à la fontaine
is a study for the painting Les Promeneuses
, executed in April 1947,
which is a striking, erotic portrait of the nocturnal landscape of the mind, portraying a deserted town square, host to a number of spectral-like woman who wander in the moonlight glow. The present work imbues a similar mystical reverie, with the figures in various states of undress, yet compared to the final painting, depicts a rural setting. Delvaux intricately renders a pond, receding trees and isolated building for this work, conjuring the strange atmosphere of a dream.