Art captures emotions we experience throughout our lifetime- and love is no exception. Whether it is couples locked in tender embrace, a sensual sculpture, a still life with sensuous qualities, artists have worked to depict the ubiquitous feeling of love. The concept of love continues to captivate viewers time and time again. While there are countless examples of love and art, we have compiled a collection of 5 pieces that demonstrate love and art are the perfect match.
The Kiss by Gustave Klimt
Austrian Artist Gustave Klimt painted The Kiss during the height of his Golden Phase in 1907-1908. The Kiss shows a couple mid-embrace, so intertwined they seemingly become one under a single golden shroud. As the couple kneel together in a shimmering garden, the man leans into kiss his lover with a tender embrace. With her eyes blissfuly closed, she anticipates the kiss. Klimt’s piece epitomizes sentimental feelings of tenderness and love.
The Lovers (Les Amants) by René Magritte
The Lovers by Rene Magritte appears to depict the darker side of love – a story of passion, obsession, and frustrated desire. The fabric between the lovers prevents the intimate embrace of the couple. When asked about the mystery behind his paintings, Magritte replied, “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing,” he wrote, “they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does it mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.” The Lovers leaves the viewer wondering.
L’amoureuse – The Lover by Andre Desjardins
L’amoureuse is a bronze sculpture by artist Andre Desjardins. This piece makes a bold statement in beautiful patina. Desjardins’ sculpture endeavors to transcend the mere representation of a subject to approach the interior, the spirit. He strives question the mysteries of life, love, and the world in which we live. Desjardins speaks of balance between the push and pull of our everyday lives. Balance between anxiety, dissolution, peace, and fulfillment. His bronze sculpture is androgynous and nonracial, displaying complex emotions.
The Lovers by Pablo Picasso
The Lovers is an oil painting done by renowned artist Pablo Picasso. This piece depicts a young couple in a tender embrace. Picasso creates a fluid harmony between the lovers through his use of smooth brush strokes. The primary colors in this work (red, blue, and green) invoke a sense of joy and brightness. The postures of the subjects hint at an affectionate relationship between the two.
The Birthday by Marc Chagall
The Birthday is an expressionistic piece by artist Marc Chagall. Chagall called “love” the primary color of his paintings, and the source of love was his wife Bella. The two appear to be the perfect match. This piece conveys the euphoric feeling of love of a young couple in a seemingly ordinary, yet blissful setting. The Birthday appears to ooze happiness as the couple appears to be floating.
Art + Love – The Perfect Match
Art and love seem to go hand in hand. Throughout history artists continue to capture the unique, mysterious, and ubiquitous feelings of love through their works. We invite you to continue to immerse yourself in the perfect match that is art and love. For any inquiries or general questions, please contact us.