Everybody likes a good romance, and for artists that’s no exception. There have been many beautiful representations of love depicted in art throughout the centuries both platonically and romantically. We’ve brought you four famous examples of artistic portrayals of love that have stood the test of time.
The Storm by Pierre Auguste Cot
Painted in 1880, The Storm depicts a young couple attempting to escape a storm in the springtime. Cot was famous for another painting that also depicts a young couple in love called The Spring. If you’re feeling romantic and find yourself in New York City, then stop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art where both paintings are on display.
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
The Kiss is an instantly recognizable depiction of a couple in an embrace covered in draping robes. Klimt used gold leaf in many of his works, and in this case it makes the couple appear as though they are both one; a very romantic sentiment. If you want to experience this romantic work first hand, take a quick trip to Vienna where it’s on display in the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere.
American Gothic by Grant Wood
While not exactly a romantic image, American Gothic is an unmistakably famous depiction of a couple. The crotchety couple is actually a father and daughter who the artist figured were “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.” The models were, oddly enough, Wood’s sister and dentist. If you find yourself in the Chicago area, be sure to stop by the Art Institute of Chicago to take a see the strange couple for yourself.
Unterholz Mit Wandelndem Paar by Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh romanticized nature, especially undergrowth and ivy. In this depiction he features a couple in what he may have considered to be the most romantic setting. Before he was an artist, Van Gogh often wrote poetically about ivy in particular. You can find this expressionist romance on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
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