Throughout art history, the beauty of couple love has attracted many artists from all walks of life. Described with various styles and displayed in countless means, infatuation in love has won over viewers many times.
Today, join iDesign to admire and explore five outstanding works of love among many works on this topic! These masterpieces all prove that art and love are a perfect combination.
first. Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss – Antonio Canova
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss is one of the most beloved sculptures of Neoclassicalism. Inspired by Cupid’s love story – a Roman god of love (adapted from god Eros of Greek) and Psyche – a goddess of anthropomorphization, this marble masterpiece carved by the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova in 1793.
The work depicts a touching moment when Psyche – who fell asleep after opening the forbidden box and then awakened by a kiss from Cupid – her husband. Canova deftly captures the lofty and human emotions in this situation with lifelike expressions and a sense of intimacy between the characters.
“Cupid raised his beloved Psyche in his loving arms, their faces happy to be together.” – Louvre museum, where the work is currently located. “Psyche let herself slowly back, hugging the head of the one she loved kindly.”
2. The Kiss – Gustave Klimt
Austrian artists – Gustav Klimt drew The Kiss at the peak of his career. In this brilliant time, Klimt repeatedly experimented with different styles and created avant-garde paintings with distinct planes, intricate patterns and fine decorative details. The kiss is His representative work exudes elegant beauty and also shows another hobby of Klimt: depict close topics.
The Kiss shows a loving couple embracing. They were kneeling in a flowered garden, the man leaning over to kiss his partner, cuddling her face lovingly and running his hand through her floral stained hair. Closing her eyes peacefully, the woman put her arms around him, welcoming and waiting for the kiss of her lover.
Klimt never reveal the identities of the characters. Today, however, many assume that he was inspired by the artist and his companion (and perhaps lover). Emilie Flöge, a Viennese fashion designer. Like the picture itself, their relationship is shrouded in a sparkling mystery.
3. Love – Robert Indiana
Since 1970, the sculptures Love with the large scale of Robert Indiana has appeared in cities around the world. Although these Pop Art works have a romantic connotation, their original idea was less about Valentine and more Christmas spirit.
In fact, Indiana initially came up with a familiar design – a set of letters stacked into the word “LOVE” – for the Modern Art Museum holiday card. Therefore, it is not surprising that the origin of this motif actually stems from the religious upbringing of this motif. Indiana. “As a child, I was raised as a Christian scientist,” Indiana explained in a letter to an art collector.
Over the years, the sculptures Indiana has been displayed in many places.
4. In Bed, The Kiss – Henri Toulouse-Lautrec
Post-Impressionist artists and graphic designers – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec famous for its posters, prints and paintings over the centuries. While most of the works portray the nightlife of the love city of Paris, a few others offer glimpses of intimate scenes like In Bed, The Kiss .
Painted in 1892, an oil painting depicts a passionate bed kiss between two women. There is speculation that the main character in the painting is two women selling flowers in Paris, one of which is the muse in the series of works by Toulouse-Lautrec. Similar to other painter’s paintings of brothels, ‘In Bed, The Kiss’ describe the lives of these women. The special feature of the work, however, is the true feeling expressed through the frame, under the author’s powerful and energetic nib, in addition to the art of using color with expressive power.
Toulouse-Lautrec also explore life in contemporary brothels through a series of lithographs ‘Elles’. Nowadays, ‘Elles’ is widely received. However, in the past, it was not appreciated, because at that time, the public did not pay much attention to the “mundane intimacy” reflected in the work. The Museum of Modern Art explains: “Art publisher Gustave Pellet, who is best known for his pornography, failed to promote ‘Elles’ because the work did not convey mundane pleasure, instead, it was portraits of Lautrec women in direct contact with the circumstances in which they live and work. “
5. The Kiss – Auguste Rodin
French sculptor – Auguste Rodin completed the statue ‘The Kiss’, a marble sculpture from 1888 to 1898. Unique statue exuding an inner strength imbued with realism. Rodin Having created a flawless masterpiece in every angle, the author portrays the main character in a nude state in order to express the truest emotions, which he wants viewers to realize when admiring the work. Although both characters are nude, thanks to the skillful artifacting technique, the emotion they bring is a forbidden desire, is extremely pure love and does not carry sensual pleasure. Can say, ‘The Kiss’ is one of the greatest sculptures of all time.
At first, Auguste Rodin intended to carve the statue as part of the massive project Gates of Hell, inspired by Dante’s Inferno (Hell). The main character’s ‘The Kiss’ is Francesca da Rimini, daughter of the Lord of Ravenna – Italy in the 13th century, who appeared in Divine Comedy (Dante’s Super Comedy), and her lover is her husband’s sister.
After finishing the statue, Rodin perceived it as a great ornament. Therefore, he decided to separate it into a stand-alone work and retouch a few details. It is this decision that brings us an excellent work of art that is known and widely loved today.
Editor: Thao Lee
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