In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the most romantic paintings that have ever been created, and how love can exist in different shapes, forms and colours.
1. Gustav Klimp – The Kiss (1908)
Among the most famous romantic paintings is The Kiss by Gustav Klimp. Wrapped up in each other’s arms, the lovers’ kiss seems to be everlasting.
5. Francesco Hayez – El Beso (The Kiss) (1859)
El Beso (Italian name: Il bacio) is possibly Francesco Hayez’s best known work. This romantic painting illustrates a couple from the Middle Ages, embracing while kissing each other. It is among the most intense and passionate representations of a kiss in the history of Western art.
6. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – In Bed, The Kiss (1892)
In this romantic painting, two women are caught up in a passionate and sensual moment. Their kiss is tender but heartfelt, as though they were fearful of being separated from each other.
9. Thomas Hart Benton – Romance (1931-1932)
This romantic painting beautifully captured the sight of a depression-era couple on an evening stroll lovingly locking hands with each other.
10. Pierre Auguste Renoir – A Dance In The Country (1883)
The merchant Paul Durand-Ruel commissioned this painting in 1882 as he wanted pieces that focused on the theme of the ball. It is currently kept at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
Art is a means of expression that translates experiences across space and time, a universal form of communication that everyone understands. Without art, life would be unthinkable.
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