5 of the world’s most romantic works of art
Love, in all its forms, has long provided inspiration for artists and helped to create world-famous works of art. So, we teamed up with Artfinder to find out how 5 of the world’s most romantic works of art depict love
Love is an emotion that goes hand in hand with art. Whether it’s falling in love with a piece and deciding to take it home or falling in love with someone and feeling inspired to paint, the two are natural partners. Every kind of love imaginable has been depicted across the centuries, from maternal and platonic to passionate and forbidden. That’s why we’ve picked five of the most romantic works of art ever created and taken a look at the love that they depict. And if you’d like to add a work of art that you love to your collection then check out the fantastic range available at Artfinder – we’ve even created our own edit of art depicting love to provide inspiration!
First love: The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
Klimt’s golden lovers are one of the world’s most famous romantic pairings and their painting – the Kiss – has inspired millions since it was created in 1907. The Kiss is the perfect depiction of first love; the kind of all-encompassing romance that eclipses everything else. The lovers are so wrapped up in each other that their surroundings have dissolved around them and the golden colour scheme creates an otherworldly effect.
Modern love: Love by Robert Indiana
Robert Indiana’s depiction of love – displayed in bold, block letter – offers a more modern take on the emotion. It’s a work of art that showcases the importance that love can have in our lives, as well as the strength that the word has. After all, who can deny that the first time someone says or hears the phrase ‘I love you’ is a milestone in any relationship? Take note of the letter O; it leans sideways, swooning and flirting its way out of the frame.
Forbidden love: The Kiss by Auguste Rodin
The Kiss by Rodin shocked polite society when it was first unveiled but today, the intimate work perfectly depicts the intense desire that can come from forbidden love. Of course, while we’d never advocate pursuing an adulterous or secret relationship, it’s undeniable that some of history’s most evocative love stories have emerged from infidelity. This piece depicts the lovers Paolo and Francesca from Dante’s Inferno and their passionate embrace is likely to incite artistic passion in anyone.
Flirtation: The Swing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Every love story starts with flirting; whether that’s sending a smile on eHarmony or exchanging shy glances across a crowded room. Renoir’s romantic work of art, The Swing, encapsulates the spirit of flirtation, depicting a young man striking up conversation with a blushing young roman. The painting’s impressionist style is inherently romantic, with its dappled light, pastel colours and blurred edges reflecting that woozy feeling when you meet someone special.
Enduring love: The Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli
One of the world’s most easily recognisable works of art, Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is thought to have been painted in the mid-1840s. Since then, generations of art fans have fallen for Venus – the symbol of divine love. It’s believed that she was modelled after a local beauty; a married woman that the artist was also rumoured to be in love with. The enduring appeal of Venus – and her painting – reflects the spirit of long-lasting love, the kind of love that remains constant from the first flush of youth until you’re old and grey.
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