Love in Art

Artsy Learning explores the many facets of love in modern and contemporary art. From 19th century femmes fatales to contemporary artists redefining sexuality, we’ve compiled stories of romance, sex and heartache and curated our favorite artworks on the theme of love.

Featured Editorial
By Alison Chang
How Female Lovers Were Cast as Dangerous Femmes Fatales in 19th-Century Art
By Madeleine Boucher
Ten Famous Portraits of Artists’ Lovers
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Erotic Photography for sale under $5000
David Stetson
Nu Zebre, New York, 2013
Lucien Clergue
Breath #078
Tomohide Ikeya
Alyssa, 2015
Brian Bowen Smith
Featured Editorial
by Victoria Miguel
“The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name.” A Brief History of Sexuality and Shock in Modern Art
Selected works about love from art history
"Bhairava Raga," from the Chunar Ragamala, 1591
India, Chunar, Uttar Pradesh State
The Kiss (Le Baiser), 1907-1908
Constantin Brancusi
Embrace, 1982
Robert Mapplethorpe
Love (Red/Blue/Green), 1966-1998
Robert Indiana
The Bolt, 1777-1778
Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Debauchery (Débauche), 1896
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Festival of Love, ca. 1718-1719
Jean-Antoine Watteau
Lovers in Bed, 2011
Fernando Botero
Scene from The Tale of Genji, 12th century
Japanese, Heian Period
Frida and Diego Rivera, 1931
Frida Kahlo
Senami, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2011
Paul Graham
Le Baiser (The Kiss), ca. 1886
Auguste Rodin
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Images of physical affection that contain embraces and kisses
Hugs and Kisses
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Japanese Erotic Prints
Works that represent the Greek and Roman goddess of love, fertility and desire