6 Important Artworks about Love
The theme of Love; romance, sex, heartache - has been explored by artists throughout art history. From portraying 19th century femme fatales to exploring sexuality and love affairs. This theme has been a fascinating insight into the culture of different countries and different time periods. Love can have endless number of forms and can be defined through variety of perspectives.
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
The pose and emotion on the faces of the figures, the luminous colors, and the intricate and colorful patterns capture people’s imaginations and the spirit of love and romance. The focus is on the main couple, but there is also a beautifully textured background.
The Promenade by Marc Chagall
His paintings ooze love and joy. It captures the happiness that love brings. The man is smiling, and the woman is so light with love that she floats. The picnicking couple encapsulate the young love we all either remember or dream of one day experiencing.
Love by Robert Indiana
Throughout his career Robert Indiana has been exploring the American experience and identity, employing everyday objects and language. Merging the look of Pop with Minimalism and the wordplay of Concrete Poetry, he influenced every text-based artist since.
The print Golden Love from 1973 is part of his LOVE series, exploring the ambiguities of the American Dream. Producing nearly unlimited editions of the LOVE print that were affordable, Indiana created opportunities for people to participate in art, at the same time challenging the idea of the art elite that somehow quality had to do with scarcity.
Love Rat by Banksy
One of Banksy’s favoritee characters is a rat, and Love Rat was one of his rat’s first incarnations. Depicting a rat that has daubed a red heart with a paintbrush he is still holding, the image first appeared on Liverpool streets before being created as a limited edition of screen prints. Banksy jokingly advertised this print on his site as "ideal for a cheating spouse".
Dance in the Country by Pierre Auguste Renoir
Renoir’s lovers are swept away by music, dance and summer’s heat – and by each other. The whole painting seems to sway. And the crowning glory of this beautifully soft and sultry composition, with the hint of feather beds to come, is the smile on the girl’s lovely face. Candidly directed straight towards the viewer, it says that she couldn’t be happier.
The Lovers by Rene Magritte
A blind date? Two lovers are trying to kiss through their separate grey hoods, lips never meeting, the cloth dry and suffocating on the tongue. They cannot see each other, they cannot feel each other and they cannot even kiss: it’s a masterpiece of sexual frustration. But the cornice above their heads suggests the bourgeois imprisonment of a couple glued together by convention yet also blocked by each other. Perhaps they don’t know each other at all. It’s the nightmare of a lonely relationship. Those hoods could double as shrouds.