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Love in art

Love is undoubtedly a favorite theme of many artists; 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 express those unexplainable feelings at the depths of our soul. Whether through joy or sadness, humour or pain, contemporary artists use the nuanced fluctuations in love to experiment within their creations. Often using their bodies in performance, 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 for artists to represent 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 inner emotions 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 conflict. 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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Claude Gilli, L’amour fou, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

L’amour fou, 2010
16 x 11 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$413

Our recommendations Etienne, Le baiser, Sculpture

Etienne

Le baiser, 2010
33 x 43 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$9,196

Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
32 x 24 cm
Print

$118

Our recommendations Georges Saulterre, L'irrésistible pulsion de l'Amour N°1611, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Saulterre

L'irrésistible pulsion de l'Amour N°1611, 2021
76 x 56 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,716

Erner, Tango, Print

Erner

Tango, 2015
30 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Print

$472

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

Florinda Daniel

All-Boy, All-Girl (d'après Arthur Russell), 2019
30 x 24 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$648

Corvengi, First love is like an aquarium, Print

Corvengi

First love is like an aquarium, 2020
110 x 135 cm
Print

$6,130

Cynthia K Cortes, Bite, Photography

Cynthia K Cortes

Bite, 2010
120 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$11,200

Charles Léandre, Les amoureux, Painting

Charles Léandre

Les amoureux, 1925
115 x 81 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,598

lou GUS, Jade - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

lou GUS

Jade - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$295

Rudy Morandini, Love, Sculpture

Rudy Morandini

Love, 2021
42 x 36 x 30 cm
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

C215, Les amoureux - Paris, Print

C215

Les amoureux - Paris, 2020
70 x 100 cm
Print

$707

Our recommendations James Sparshatt, El amor, Photography

James Sparshatt

El amor, 2002
40 x 50 cm
Photography

$825

Speedy Graphito, Love, Print

Speedy Graphito

Love, 2017
60 x 60 cm
Print

$448

Marian Williams, Sweet Sweet Love, Painting

Marian Williams

Sweet Sweet Love, 2021
25 x 75 x 3 cm
Painting

$295

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

Egon Schiele

Couple Enlacé / Couple Embracing - 1911, 2019
65 x 50 cm
Print

$855

Our recommendations John Kenny, Lourdes, Photography

John Kenny

Lourdes, 2012
90 x 60 x 2 cm
Photography

$2,212

Christian Jodin, Coeurs Tout Chauds, Painting

Christian Jodin

Coeurs Tout Chauds, 2021
20 x 20 x 1 cm
Painting

$130 $259

Miss Tic, Avis de coup de foudre sur mon corps météo, Print

Miss Tic

Avis de coup de foudre sur mon corps météo, 2020
50 x 65 x 0.1 cm
Print

$578

Mónica Castanys, Le Café, Painting

Mónica Castanys

Le Café, 2021
50 x 50 cm
Painting

Sold

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Raffinement, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Raffinement, 2019
120 x 120 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$3,773

Manuel Santelices, Wedding of Giovanna Battaglia, Capri, Painting

Manuel Santelices

Wedding of Giovanna Battaglia, Capri, 2016
22.9 x 30.5 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$400

Ricky Cohete, Embrace of Man: from the Blanco Series. Small Archival Pigment print, Sepia, Photography

Ricky Cohete

Embrace of Man: from the Blanco Series. Small Archival Pigment print, Sepia, 2017
76.2 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$1,300

Diederik Van Apple, Roll the dice, Print

Diederik Van Apple

Roll the dice, 2020
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Print

$4,067

Jana & JS, No walls, Painting

Jana & JS

No walls, 2021
84 x 50 x 25 cm
Painting

$5,305

Michael Grine, Heart, Painting

Michael Grine

Heart, 2011
76.2 x 61 x 1.9 cm
Painting

$1,000

Boreli, Point, Painting

Boreli

Point, 2014
130 x 89 cm
Painting

$2,358

Laura Makabresku, Lovers (Amants), Photography

Laura Makabresku

Lovers (Amants), 2014
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$914

Jean-Philippe Berger, All we need is love, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

All we need is love, 2020
90 x 30 x 4 cm
Painting

$401

Gediminas Endriekus, Passers-by, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Passers-by, 2020
34 x 13 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$10,021

Rose Hartman, Bianca Jagger and Halston, Studio 54, 1977, Photography

Rose Hartman

Bianca Jagger and Halston, Studio 54, 1977, 2021
40.6 x 50.8 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$3,500

Daniela Pasqualini, Bright Love, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Bright Love, 2021
30.5 x 30.5 x 3.8 cm
Painting

$500

Patricia Guinois Messica, Power of Love, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Power of Love, 2019
46 x 10 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$5,777

Alain Boullet, Couple, Sculpture

Alain Boullet

Couple, 2005
32 x 11 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$5,305

Jon Gubbay, Kissing the Dream, Painting

Jon Gubbay

Kissing the Dream, 2021
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$2,628

Amy Nelder, Wordplay, Print

Amy Nelder

Wordplay, 2011
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Print

$1,800

Pierre Mouzat, Juste une question d'amour, Sculpture

Pierre Mouzat

Juste une question d'amour, 2019
59 x 35 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$17,094

Rietje Geurts, Groot ensemble, Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Groot ensemble, 2015
62 x 20 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$17,094

David Jamin, Amoureux, Painting

David Jamin

Amoureux, 2021
46 x 38 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,026

Pierre Riollet, Promise, Painting

Pierre Riollet

Promise, 2017
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,773

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
25 x 40 cm
Photography

$531

Karel Appel, Loving heads, Print

Karel Appel

Loving heads, 1979
61.5 x 80.5 cm
Print

$1,061

Marguerite Wibaux, Two girls, Fine Art Drawings

Marguerite Wibaux

Two girls, 2020
35.6 x 27.9 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$200

Marta Grassi, Parade, Painting

Marta Grassi

Parade, 2015
100 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,358

Ellina Zhanu, La Consolation, Painting

Ellina Zhanu

La Consolation, 2020
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$755 $943

Vladimir Kolosov, Two hearts in love, Painting

Vladimir Kolosov

Two hearts in love, 2019
61 x 45.7 x 6.4 cm
Painting

$690

Vladimir Kolosov, Seaside. Love triangle, Painting

Vladimir Kolosov

Seaside. Love triangle, 2019
55.9 x 76.2 x 0 cm
Painting

$700

Vladimir Bazan, Paris -  Rue des 3 frères, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Paris - Rue des 3 frères, 2010
28 x 54 cm
Photography

$1,533

Natalie Laudon, Cœur Super Héros, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Cœur Super Héros, 2018
75 x 40 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$4,362

Christof Monnin, Danse d'amour, Painting

Christof Monnin

Danse d'amour, 2020
116 x 89 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,594

Ruslana Levandovska, Lovers in the City, Painting

Ruslana Levandovska

Lovers in the City, 2019
76.2 x 61 x 1.9 cm
Painting

$2,200

Artize, La Vie est belle, Painting

Artize

La Vie est belle, 2020
65 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,768

Mary Jo McGonagle, Forever - neon light art, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Forever - neon light art, 2019
18 x 71 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$2,346

Sophie Hustin, Complicité entre nous deux, Sculpture

Sophie Hustin

Complicité entre nous deux, 2018
48 x 35 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$3,183

Tielor, La condition humaine, Painting

Tielor

La condition humaine, 2020
100 x 100 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,886

Alice Laverty, Apparition #2, Painting

Alice Laverty

Apparition #2, 2015
92 x 73 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,122

Mathilde Polidori, Regards croisés, Painting

Mathilde Polidori

Regards croisés, 2021
51 x 36 cm
Painting

$531

Maud Merouze, Heart on fire, Painting

Maud Merouze

Heart on fire, 2021
92 x 73 x 2.7 cm
Painting

$1,533

Paco Raphael, Back in Love Again - Lightbox, Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Back in Love Again - Lightbox, 2020
125 x 125 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$7,663

Anastasia Gklava, Elisir d’Amore, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

Elisir d’Amore, 2019
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,773

Sivan Dayan, Love Me Not, Painting

Sivan Dayan

Love Me Not, 2017
50.8 x 40.6 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,500

Kate Styler, Yin et Yang, Painting

Kate Styler

Yin et Yang, 2019
81 x 65 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,886

Aldéhy, La vierge et le Ciel, Painting

Aldéhy

La vierge et le Ciel, 2021
46 x 38 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,065

Corinne Berset, Rencontre - The match 1, Print

Corinne Berset

Rencontre - The match 1, 2013
70 x 48 x 0.2 cm
Print

$413

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