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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 James Sparshatt, La Linea, Photography

James Sparshatt

La Linea, 2004
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$1,103

Sébastien  Layral, 577 INO ONI Émilie & Mathieu, Painting

Sébastien Layral

577 INO ONI Émilie & Mathieu, 2013
98.4 x 78.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$23,333

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Ivan Messac, Carnaval du Roi et de la Reine, Drawing

Ivan Messac

Carnaval du Roi et de la Reine, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Drawing

$2,089

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Aurelija Simkute, Patronage (Sculpture Bronze), Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Patronage (Sculpture Bronze), 2017
15.7 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,297

CEPT, Love at the disco, Painting

CEPT

Love at the disco, 2015
32.1 x 24.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,787

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Alain Boullet, Couple enlacé allongé, Sculpture

Alain Boullet

Couple enlacé allongé, 2014
3.5 x 13 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,643

Polo Garat, Le baiser, Photography

Polo Garat

Le baiser, 2017
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$3,947

Daniel Waks, Les amoureux, Photography

Daniel Waks

Les amoureux, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,741

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Juliette Nampijinpa Brown, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji, Painting

Juliette Nampijinpa Brown

Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Mikanji, 2010
24 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$871

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Erró, La femme fatale (à moi) , Print

Erró

La femme fatale (à moi) , 1993
28 x 20.5 inch
Print

$580

Alice de Miramon, Rébus, Painting

Alice de Miramon

Rébus, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$813

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Alice de Miramon, La vie en rose, Painting

Alice de Miramon

La vie en rose, 2017
9.4 x 13 inch
Painting

$580

Linde Ergo, Forever (middelgroot), Sculpture

Linde Ergo

Forever (middelgroot), 2016
37.4 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$10,157

Gaspard Mitz, The Break-Up, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

The Break-Up, 2013
5.9 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$755

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Gaspard Mitz, She Said Yes, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

She Said Yes, 2014
5.9 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$522

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Gaëlle Simon, Le baiser, Photography

Gaëlle Simon

Le baiser, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,596

Lee Jeffries, Untitled XI, Photography

Lee Jeffries

Untitled XI, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,786

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Didier Lourenço, With you, Print

Didier Lourenço

With you, 2018
28.3 x 28.3 inch
Print

$638

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Matthew Rose, You / Me, Print

Matthew Rose

You / Me, 2010
15 x 18.5 inch
Print

$145

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Jana & JS, Couple en béton, Painting

Jana & JS

Couple en béton, 2015
16.5 x 10.2 inch
Painting

$1,277

Our recommendations James Sparshatt, Viejo maestro, Photography

James Sparshatt

Viejo maestro, 2004
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$2,031

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Yann Merran, Je t'aime, Photography

Yann Merran

Je t'aime, 2012
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$87

Maurice Renoma, Couple, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Couple, 2016
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$4,411

Otto D'Ambra, Modern Anatomy Adam and Eve, Print

Otto D'Ambra

Modern Anatomy Adam and Eve, 2014
11 x 15.4 inch
Print

$284

Eric Zener, One, Painting

Eric Zener

One, 2008
59.8 x 70.1 inch
Painting

$110,279

Claude Guillaumin, Couple contre-jour, Photography

Claude Guillaumin

Couple contre-jour, 1993
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,741

Emmanuelle Barbaras, Couple, Photography

Emmanuelle Barbaras

Couple, 2005
13 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$813

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Boreli, Point, Painting

Boreli

Point, 2014
51.2 x 35 inch
Painting

$2,322

Jean-Paul Moscovino, Couple 5/8, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Moscovino

Couple 5/8, 2001
16.9 x 7.1 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,625

Our recommendations Sébastien  Layral, 571 INO ONI Yolande & Steve, Painting

Sébastien Layral

571 INO ONI Yolande & Steve, 2012
54.7 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,965

Sébastien  Layral, 615 INO ONI Orlando & Natasha, Painting

Sébastien Layral

615 INO ONI Orlando & Natasha, 2013
76.8 x 51.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$13,930

Claude Gilli, L'amour à l'eau de rose, Painting

Claude Gilli

L'amour à l'eau de rose, 2010
29.5 x 19.7 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$8,706

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Agathe Wagner, Scoop 1, Painting

Agathe Wagner

Scoop 1, 2009
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$734 $929

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
9.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$290

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Vladimir Bazan, Paris -  Rue des 3 frères, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

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

$1,509

Lídia Vives, Playmate, Photography

Lídia Vives

Playmate, 2015
9.4 x 14.2 inch
Photography

$290

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Christian Raffin, Les voyageurs, Painting

Christian Raffin

Les voyageurs, 2008
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$929

Luna Rosa, Little pieces of my heart ! , Painting

Luna Rosa

Little pieces of my heart ! , 2009
15 x 18.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$755

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Christian Raffin, Couple à l'orange, Painting

Christian Raffin

Couple à l'orange, 2011
22.4 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$290

Gaëlle Girbes, Le Désir, Photography

Gaëlle Girbes

Le Désir, 2012
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$3,482

Gaëlle Girbes, L'Amour - série Tango, Photography

Gaëlle Girbes

L'Amour - série Tango, 2012
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$3,482

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle, Passion, Painting

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Passion, 2016
29.9 x 22 inch
Painting

$929

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Jean-Jacques Kugel, Pommes d'amour, Painting

Jean-Jacques Kugel

Pommes d'amour, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,554

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle, Étreinte 6, Painting

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Étreinte 6, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$1,393

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Piotr Gawron, Couple, Sculpture

Piotr Gawron

Couple, 2016
13.8 x 11.8 x 16.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,366

Stavri Kalinov, Wonderful Beginning, Painting

Stavri Kalinov

Wonderful Beginning, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$17,412

Kazimierz Drejas, Support III, Painting

Kazimierz Drejas

Support III, 2008
25.6 x 28.7 inch
Painting

$929

Daniel Waks, Le baiser, Photography

Daniel Waks

Le baiser, 2015
21.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,741

Malgorzata Piatek-Grabczynska, Lovers, Painting

Malgorzata Piatek-Grabczynska

Lovers, 2010
12.6 x 16.5 inch
Painting

$290

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Troels Marstrand, Untitled, Painting

Troels Marstrand

Untitled, 1970
18.1 x 26 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,018

Didier Delgado, Love (Robert Mitchum), Painting

Didier Delgado

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

$4,643

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Catherine Wilkening, Lovers 1, Sculpture

Catherine Wilkening

Lovers 1, 2015
7.9 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$905

Alice de Miramon, La conversation, Painting

Alice de Miramon

La conversation, 2017
9.8 x 7.9 inch
Painting

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Mercedes Lagunas, Viva El Amore, Painting

Mercedes Lagunas

Viva El Amore, 2019
18.9 x 13 x 0.1 inch
Painting

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Gediminas Endriekus, Passers-by, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Passers-by, 2018
13.4 x 5.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

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Marco Lodola, Couple on Vespa, Sculpture

Marco Lodola

Couple on Vespa, 2017
18.9 x 19.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

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