The Greatest Lovers in Art History, from Frida Kahlo and Auguste Rodin to Nan Goldin
Tender, teasing, ravenous embraces. Artists have long rendered wild acts of desire in their work to capture the mind-altering, body-melting effects of love. Whether forged in stone or suspended in a snapshot, lovers smolder throughout art history. Below, artists from
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Bolt, 1777–1778
Jean-Léon Gérôme, Pygmalion and Galatea, ca. 1890
Jean-Léon Gérôme, Pygmalion and Galatea, ca. 1890. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907
René Magritte, The Lovers (Les Amants), 1928
Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, 1929
Frida Kahlo, The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego, and Señor Xólotl, 1949
Frieda Kahlo, The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego, and Señor Xolotl, 1949. Image: Wikimedia Commons
George Quaintance, Idyll, 1952
Leonor Fini, Les Baigneuses (The Bathers), 1972
Nan Goldin, Rise and Monty Kissing, New York City, 1980
This work hails from
Kerry James Marshall, Slow Dance, 1992–1993
Nicole Eisenman, Sloppy Bar Room Kiss, 2011
We’ve all been there—a sloppy, drunken kiss as the bartender announces last call.
An earlier version of this article included Malick Sidibé’s photograph Nuit de Noel (1963). However, the pair captured in the photograph are in fact brother and sister, not lovers.
See how Bombay Sapphire supports artistry.
Sponsored by Bombay Sapphire