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Love in art

Love is undoubtedly one of the preferred themes of artists, as it is a concept that defies all reason and prompts profound feelings of passion. Art is the voice for the loss of words we experience when stood in front of our one true love. It allows us to find a way to describe those unexplainable feelings at the depths of our soul. Whether it's a sentiment of joy or sadness, humour or pain, contemporary artists use love to experiment with their creations. Often using their bodies in performances, they seek to encapsulate the intensity of a loving relationship.

Love is a very common theme in the history of contemporary art, and this is partly due to the fact that there are infinite possibilities in demonstrating desire and the body. Contemporary artist, Louise Bourgeois, translates the intimacy of the body in her work Couple, where she depicts two intertwined figures suspended by an invisible cord. The subjects' faces are concealed, allowing the viewer to freely interpret the sentiments of the pair. However, the position of the couple also alludes to the complexity of relationships, as they appear to be pulling away from one another. The sculpture has been made out of toweling, patched together in an attempt to mend the areas ripped, torn and broken by love.

Artist couple, Maria Abramovic and Ulay have heavily explored the power of love when faced with disagreement. In their performance Relation in Time, the two artists evoke their attachment to one another by literally attaching themselves together by their hair. They remain back-to-back for 17 hours, testing their love against time. However, when their hair begins to undo could this be interpreted as a sign that their relationship is also unravelling? Does their loosening hair symbolise the end of their desire and passion? In a Relation in Time the couple invade the scene with their naked bodies, racing against one another until they have no strength left to give. With their bodies shocked and love exhausted, the forced tenderness of their embrace could not save their relationship from the potency of conflict.

Love is a never-ending source of inspiration for artists, and even now we still seek alternative ways to capture what it means. Falling in love remains difficult to understand or express, yet art allows an easier and more poetic means of getting at least halfway there. Whether it's  damning or sacred, fraternal or marital, love unifies eras, souls and nationalities.

Dive into the heart of our selection and find the work that says “I love you" to your one true love.

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Our recommendations Gustav Klimt, Lovers - 1904/1905, Print

Gustav Klimt

Lovers - 1904/1905, 2018
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 918

Our recommendations Etienne, Le baiser, Sculpture

Etienne

Le baiser, 2010
13 x 16.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 9,549

Sophie Hustin, tendre amour, Sculpture

Sophie Hustin

tendre amour, 2018
61 x 9.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 9,181

Vladimir Bazan, Paris -  Rue des 3 frères, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Paris - Rue des 3 frères, 2010
11 x 21.3 inch
Photography

$ 1,591

Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Print

$ 122

Gaëlle Girbes, Le Désir, Photography

Gaëlle Girbes

Le Désir, 2012
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$ 3,673

Charles Léandre, Les amoureux, Painting

Charles Léandre

Les amoureux, 1925
45.3 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,774

Melle Roze, Bonite and Clyde, Print

Melle Roze

Bonite and Clyde, 2019
19.7 x 25.6 x 0 inch
Print

$ 184

Florinda Daniel, All-Boy, All-Girl (d'après Arthur Russell), Painting

Florinda Daniel

All-Boy, All-Girl (d'après Arthur Russell), 2019
11.8 x 9.4 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 673

Our recommendations Egon Schiele, Les amoureux / Lovers - 1909, Print

Egon Schiele

Les amoureux / Lovers - 1909, 2018
21.3 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 832

Egon Schiele, Couple Enlacé / Couple Embracing - 1911, Print

Egon Schiele

Couple Enlacé / Couple Embracing - 1911, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 796

Corneille, Amour partout, Print

Corneille

Amour partout, 2000
43.3 x 60.2 inch
Print

$ 3,428

Alain Longeaud, Les amoureux, Photography

Alain Longeaud

Les amoureux, 2020
7.9 x 3.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 600

Maud Chalard, Lost & Found, Photography

Maud Chalard

Lost & Found, 2019
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 428

Maud Chalard, Lost & Found, Photography

Maud Chalard

Lost & Found, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 2,693

Théo Gosselin, Élise & Céline, Photography

Théo Gosselin

Élise & Céline, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 1,959

Nathanael Koffi, Quand l’amour tombe à l’eau, Painting

Nathanael Koffi

Quand l’amour tombe à l’eau, 2020
29.9 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 450

Boreli, Point, Painting

Boreli

Point, 2014
51.2 x 35 inch
Painting

$ 2,448

Alice de Miramon, La chambre des secrets, Painting

Alice de Miramon

La chambre des secrets, 2018
9.4 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$ 612

Jacques Chauchat, L'amour dégagé, Print

Jacques Chauchat

L'amour dégagé, 2011
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$ 979

Troy Henriksen, Heart Love is here, Painting

Troy Henriksen

Heart Love is here, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,060

Carlo Amen, Costume à trois pièces, Painting

Carlo Amen

Costume à trois pièces, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,204

Gaëlle Simon, Aimer, Photography

Gaëlle Simon

Aimer, 2019
29.5 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 462

Kaël, Un amour à Paris, Painting

Kaël

Un amour à Paris, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$ 4,652

Gaëlle Simon, First kiss, Photography

Gaëlle Simon

First kiss, 2015
29.5 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 520

Christof Monnin, Danse d'amour, Painting

Christof Monnin

Danse d'amour, 2020
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,693

Troy Henriksen, Marilyn, My True Love, Print

Troy Henriksen

Marilyn, My True Love, 2018
32.3 x 26.8 inch
Print

$ 245

Laura Makabresku, Lovers (Amants), Photography

Laura Makabresku

Lovers (Amants), 2014
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,010

Laura Makabresku, Silence, Photography

Laura Makabresku

Silence, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$ 398

Matthew Rose, You / Me, Print

Matthew Rose

You / Me, 2010
15 x 18.5 inch
Print

$ 153

Mathilde Oscar, Madone, Photography

Mathilde Oscar

Madone, 2017
17.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 514

Sophie Hustin, Complicité entre nous deux, Sculpture

Sophie Hustin

Complicité entre nous deux, 2018
18.9 x 13.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,305

Mary Jo McGonagle, Love you more, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Love you more, 2018
16 x 32 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,917

Anastasia Gklava, Elisir d’Amore, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Elisir d’Amore, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,917

Mary Jo McGonagle, Ma Chérie, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Ma Chérie, 2019
7.9 x 29.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,816

Manuel Santelices, Wedding of Giovanna Battaglia, Capri, Painting

Manuel Santelices

Wedding of Giovanna Battaglia, Capri, 2016
9 x 12 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 400

Mary Jo McGonagle, Forever - neon light art, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Forever - neon light art, 2019
7.1 x 28 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,436

Amandyne Steropês, Les Amoureux, Painting

Amandyne Steropês

Les Amoureux, 2020
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 673

Myriam Paoli, Les Amoureux, Sculpture

Myriam Paoli

Les Amoureux, 2015
17.7 x 17.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,836

Tal Nehoray, Buddha Duo  - Red and Gold Buddha sculptures, Sculpture

Tal Nehoray

Buddha Duo - Red and Gold Buddha sculptures, 2018
3.9 x 2.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 147

Isis Bi-M, 248) Amoureux, 1/8, Sculpture

Isis Bi-M

248) Amoureux, 1/8, 2017
11.8 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,408

Our recommendations Leila Boucif, Lovers in Paris, Photography

Leila Boucif

Lovers in Paris, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 857

Our recommendations Leila Boucif, Lovers, Photography

Leila Boucif

Lovers, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 704

Matthieu Chazal, Chroniques d'Orient #1 Jeune Mariée - Lac salé en Anatolie Centrale - Turquie, Photography

Matthieu Chazal

Chroniques d'Orient #1 Jeune Mariée - Lac salé en Anatolie Centrale - Turquie, 2018
13.4 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,263

Our recommendations Giò Alberti, First Kiss, Print

Giò Alberti

First Kiss, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 162

Riks, Tiez & Romano, Les parapluies de Jad et Isabelle, Print

Riks, Tiez & Romano

Les parapluies de Jad et Isabelle, 2017
11.7 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Print

$ 220

Stéphane Gizard, Couple - Modern Lovers, Photography

Stéphane Gizard

Couple - Modern Lovers, 2012
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$ 2,081

Manuel Carbonell, Amore, Sculpture

Manuel Carbonell

Amore, 2011
32 x 17 x 12 inch
Sculpture

$ 105,000

Danielle Champoux, L'amour qui parfume mon cœur, Sculpture

Danielle Champoux

L'amour qui parfume mon cœur, 2020
72 x 40.2 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 10,589

Abdayem Moussa, Marriage, Print

Abdayem Moussa

Marriage, 1980
19.5 x 13.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$ 245

Didier Delgado, Love (Robert Mitchum), Painting

Didier Delgado

Love (Robert Mitchum), 2012
63.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 4,897

Raphael Liot, Lovers at Coney Island, Photography

Raphael Liot

Lovers at Coney Island, 2019
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 612

Our recommendations Antony Squizzato, Nez à nez, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Nez à nez, 2018
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Alexandra Battezzati, L'arbre Amoureux, Painting

Alexandra Battezzati

L'arbre Amoureux, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Hildegarde Handsaeme, Passion, Painting

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Passion, 2014
43.3 x 59.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Hildegarde Handsaeme, Le Calin with red accent, Drawing

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Le Calin with red accent, 2019
29.9 x 21.7 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

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René Magritte, Les Amants (The Lovers), Print

René Magritte

Les Amants (The Lovers), 2010
17.7 x 23.6 inch
Print

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Alice de Miramon, Les amoureux de velours, Painting

Alice de Miramon

Les amoureux de velours, 2017
14.8 x 10.6 inch
Painting

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Elizabeth Becker, Swallows in Flight No. 20, Painting

Elizabeth Becker

Swallows in Flight No. 20, 2019
18 x 24 inch
Painting

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Troy Henriksen, Love dreams, Painting

Troy Henriksen

Love dreams, 2012
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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