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.
2. Chagall – The Birthday (1915)
3. René Magritte – The Lovers (1928)
4. Robert Indiana – Love (1965)
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.
7. Henri Le Sidaner – A Stroll on the Canal at Quimperle (1912)
8. Kerry James Marshall – Slow Dance (1992-1993)
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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