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message 1: by Heather, Moderator (last edited Mar 17, 2018 11:31PM) (new)

Heather | 8332 comments "Over a course of art history, painters, sculptors, poets, and photographers have used their imagination to bring the kiss to art. Defined as a symbol of life, renewed love, the beginning of an erotic, or of intimacy, the kiss in art tells not only the tales of love but the stories of protest or even of separation.

The act of kissing is considered as one of the most intimate acts two figures can share between each other. It is no wonder that the moment of such closeness caught the attention of numerous artists. Some showcased the kiss in art as a violent, almost cannibalistic act, while others attempted to showcase the poetics of love. Be it as it may, artists often used the act of kissing as an allegory to another to theme."


https://www.widewalls.ch/kiss-art-pai...


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Heather | 8332 comments

Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec

If there ever was a name which to most of us evokes the idea of a lavish bohemian world in Paris, then it is the name of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Known as the painter that documented the Paris night-life, Lautrec was also celebrated as a designer of the most beautiful posters produced by the lithography technique. His painting Dans le lit, or In Bed: The Kiss, depicts two figures in a lover’s embrace. Presumably, the two figures are in fact two female prostitutes depicted in bed and kissing. As a part of the series of works which focused on the relationship between two female figures caught in their intimacy, Lautrec produced several paintings of this subject.


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Heather | 8332 comments

Pablo Picasso

"Even though many would debate the significance of the drawing medium in today’s contemporary art production, the expression of the line and of the erotic, almost cannibalistic force of the kiss drawn by Pablo Picasso we cannot ignore. As if the lovers are devouring one another in a lustful embrace, the drawing shares the idea of a great passion. Created by Picasso at the age of 86, many understand this images as a piece which illustrates the artist’s joy of life."/>


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Heather | 8332 comments

Roy Lichenstein

"Agony and ecstasy fuse into one melodramatic guilty pleasure in Roy Lichtenstein’s painting Kiss V. Influenced by artists who experimented with artworks based on everyday life, Lichtenstein began his career depicting semi-abstract scenes of the Old West but soon switched to producing both prints and paintings referencing the world of comics and advertisements. Celebrated as one of the most influential Pop Art artists, Lichtenstein often created artworks as if they were a blown-up cartoons or comic images. His painting Kiss V appears as if it is a cut-out from a newspaper comic depicting a scene of a meeting sealed with tears and a kiss."


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Heather | 8332 comments

Man Ray

"Resembling a film still, this cropped photograph showcases Man Ray’s interest in a cinematic narrative. His black and white photograph The Kiss is a close up of a couple’s lips meeting in a delicate and sensual kiss. Possibly, it would be better to say, an annunciation of a kiss, since in, fact, the lips only slightly touch. Famous as both a commercial and fine artist, Man Ray’s works were influenced by Cubism, Dada, Futurism, and Surrealism. At one point, successful as a fashion photographer, Man Ray is in, fact, worldly recognized as the creator of camera-less photography which he named Rayographs."


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Heather | 8332 comments

Constantin Brancusi

"The Kiss produced by French-Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi offers a symbolic interpretation of a male and female body merging into one. This stone piece is quite possibly one of the most famous examples of abstract sculpture and a piece which beautifully illustrates Brancusi’s interest as an artist. The respect to the material and the research into the human condition, which defines the entire production of the artist is so remarkably displayed here. The division between the two figures is defined through a single line and in fact this is only a symbolic division as the figures are carved out of one single limestone block."/>


message 7: by Heather, Moderator (last edited Mar 17, 2018 11:30PM) (new)

Heather | 8332 comments Of course:



Gustav Klimt

"For many, the painting The Kiss created by Gustave Klimt is the iconic image of ‘kiss art’. Rumored to represent the artist himself locked in an erotic embrace with his lover Emilie Flöge, the painting is one of the artist’s most beloved and celebrated pieces. Due to a large amount of the gold color used to create this painting, the image is often linked to the religious icon images. Many critics suggest that Klimt did in, fact, attempt to create a modern icon, something that would transcend his public. There is possibly no better way one should view and define a perfect kiss between lovers that this one, the idea that kiss takes us to a different state of being."/>


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Ying Ying (yingyingshi) | 75 comments Heather wrote: "For many, the painting The Kiss created by Gustave Klimt is the iconic image of ‘kiss art’. Rumored to represent the artist himself locked in an erotic embrace with his..."

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of my favorite pieces of art. There is something majestic about both the theme depicted and the golden way it is illustrated. As you say, the work leads us to the idea that the kiss takes us to a different state. Viewing this picture, I am filled with love, awe and admiration.


message 9: by Mark (new)

Mark André Heather wrote: "

Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec

If there ever was a name which to most of us evokes the idea of a lavish bohemian world in Paris, then it is the name of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Known as..."


I have a slightly different one of these hanging over my bed. I'm disappointed to learn that they are both females. (No offense.)


message 10: by Mark (new)

Mark André Heather wrote: "

Pablo Picasso

"Even though many would debate the significance of the drawing medium in today’s contemporary art production, the expression of the line and of the erotic, almost cannibalistic for..."


Really, 86, that's pretty cool. It is sort of gross. Why or where or by who is drawing thought of or found to be less significant today? Sorry. I didn't know this.


message 11: by Mark (new)

Mark André Heather wrote: "

Constantin Brancusi

"The Kiss produced by French-Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi offers a symbolic interpretation of a male and female body merging into one. This stone piece is quite pos..."


I like the little sculpture. - )


message 12: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8332 comments Ying Ying wrote: "The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of my favorite pieces of art. There is something majestic about both the theme depicted and the golden way it is illustrated. As you say, the work leads us to the idea that the kiss takes us to a different state. Viewing this picture, I am filled with love, awe and admiration.

Welcome back, Ying Ying! I've missed you and your pleasant, positive and uplifting comments and personality! :)


message 13: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8332 comments Mark wrote: "Heather wrote: "

Constantin Brancusi

"I like the little sculpture. - )"


Hmmm, I wonder why I'm not surprised, Mark? ;)


message 14: by Mark (new)

Mark André Heather wrote: "Mark wrote: "Heather wrote: "

Constantin Brancusi

"I like the little sculpture. - )"

Hmmm, I wonder why I'm not surprised, Mark? ;)"


Good one Heather! I had to think, for just a moment, what you might be referring to. Yes, my fascination with the Cycladic sculpture! Yes, the Brancusi does have a sort of primitive rough-cut look about it. Who knows what he may of had to look at, around town. - )


message 15: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8332 comments

Kiss
Edvard Munch
1892


message 16: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 930 comments And of course at the end of WWII, was it Robert Doisneau the photographer who ran around Paris photographing couples kissing in ecstasty of the war`s end? Or was it NYC?


message 17: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8332 comments Interesting! I didn’t even know that. I have no idea where that was.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 112 comments The famous picture of a sailor kissing a nurse was taken in Times Square in New York City.


message 19: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8332 comments LOVE that one!


message 20: by Geoffrey (last edited Oct 31, 2018 01:06PM) (new)

Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 930 comments Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "The famous picture of a sailor kissing a nurse was taken in Times Square in New York City."

And I have read there were actually 9 pairs of
kissers in total fotographed.


message 21: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8332 comments I would love to see all those photos!! And the significance is just awesome.


message 22: by Piyangie (new)

Piyangie | 28 comments Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of the "Kiss" is my most loved of the theme. The use of gold colour in the painting is really impressive. I wonder if gold colour is connected with sensuality.

I also like Henri-de-Toulouse-Lautrec's painting In Bed: The Kiss It has a more natural and realistic appearance.


message 23: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8332 comments That’s a good question: if gold has some sort of symbolic connection to sensuality. It would make sense, at least for Klimt it does.


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