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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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C215, Les amoureux - Paris, Print

C215

Les amoureux - Paris, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$745

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

Gustav Klimt

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

$1,489

Gediminas Endriekus, Passers-by, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Passers-by, 2020
13.4 x 5.1 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,549

Maud Chalard, Lost & Found, Photography

Maud Chalard

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

$434

Carley Cornelissen, The Look of Love, Painting

Carley Cornelissen

The Look of Love, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,800

Isabelle Healy, Confluence, Sculpture

Isabelle Healy

Confluence, 2020
31.5 x 24.4 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$12,535

Mary Jo McGonagle, Love you more, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

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

$3,972

Kate Styler, Yin et Yang, Painting

Kate Styler

Yin et Yang, 2019
31.9 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,986

Cynthia K Cortes, Bite, Photography

Cynthia K Cortes

Bite, 2010
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$11,791

Dean Rossiter, Cigarettes After Sex, Painting

Dean Rossiter

Cigarettes After Sex, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,000

Charles Léandre, Les amoureux, Painting

Charles Léandre

Les amoureux, 1925
45.3 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,840

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

$683

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

$457

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

Egon Schiele

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

$856

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

Egon Schiele

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

$844

Speedy Graphito, Love, Print

Speedy Graphito

Love, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$472

Linde Ergo, L'échelle d'amour (short ladder), Sculpture

Linde Ergo

L'échelle d'amour (short ladder), 2018
30.7 x 10.6 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,516

Our recommendations Etienne, Le baiser, Sculpture

Etienne

Le baiser, 2010
13 x 16.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$9,681

Gediminas Endriekus, Harmony, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Harmony, 2018
9.8 x 6.3 x 8.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,344

Paco Raphael, Back in Love Again - Lightbox, Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Back in Love Again - Lightbox, 2020
49.2 x 49.2 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,067

Boreli, Point, Painting

Boreli

Point, 2014
51.2 x 35 inch
Painting

$2,482

Paco Raphael, Oh Dear (Red Heart), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Oh Dear (Red Heart), 2020
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,986

Pierre Mouzat, Juste une question d'amour, Sculpture

Pierre Mouzat

Juste une question d'amour, 2019
23.2 x 13.8 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$17,996

Henri Lamy, In her mind, Painting

Henri Lamy

In her mind, 2018
22.8 x 22.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,234

Patricia Guinois Messica, Power of Love, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Power of Love, 2019
18.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,081

Alain Boullet, Couple, Sculpture

Alain Boullet

Couple, 2005
12.6 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,585

Laura Makabresku, Silence, Photography

Laura Makabresku

Silence, 2017
7.9 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$403

Rietje Geurts, Groot ensemble, Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Groot ensemble, 2015
24.4 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$17,996

Christian Jodin, Coeurs Tout Chauds, Painting

Christian Jodin

Coeurs Tout Chauds, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$123

Michael Grine, Heart, Painting

Michael Grine

Heart, 2011
30 x 24 x 0.75 inch
Painting

$1,000

John Kenny, Lourdes, Photography

John Kenny

Lourdes, 2012
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,286

Mario Henrique, Somnium No. 7, Series VIII, Painting

Mario Henrique

Somnium No. 7, Series VIII, 2021
59.1 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,500

Troy Henriksen, Marilyn, My True Love, Print

Troy Henriksen

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

$248

James Sparshatt, El amor, Photography

James Sparshatt

El amor, 2002
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$853

Marta Grassi, Parade, Painting

Marta Grassi

Parade, 2015
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,482

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

$2,470

Sophie Hustin, tendre amour, Sculpture

Sophie Hustin

tendre amour, 2018
61 x 9.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$9,308

Mary Jo McGonagle, Ma Chérie, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Ma Chérie, 2019
7.9 x 29.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,855

Maud Merouze, Heart on fire, Painting

Maud Merouze

Heart on fire, 2021
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.1 inch
Painting

$1,613

Jane Waterous, Love, Painting

Jane Waterous

Love, 2020
36 x 36 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Jane Waterous, Heart Full, Painting

Jane Waterous

Heart Full, 2019
36 x 36 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
9.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$559

Christof Monnin, Danse d'amour, Painting

Christof Monnin

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

$2,730

Sophie Hustin, Complicité entre nous deux, Sculpture

Sophie Hustin

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

$3,351

Ellina Zhanu, La Consolation, Painting

Ellina Zhanu

La Consolation, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$804 $894

Sabine Danzé, You love me in Madrid, Painting

Sabine Danzé

You love me in Madrid, 2019
38.6 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,213

Our recommendations Leila Boucif, Lovers in Paris, Photography

Leila Boucif

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

$869

Our recommendations Leila Boucif, Lovers, Photography

Leila Boucif

Lovers, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$714

Pose, Couples Therapy 3, Print

Pose

Couples Therapy 3, 2017
30 x 24 x 2.5 inch
Print

$7,500

Artize, La Vie est belle, Painting

Artize

La Vie est belle, 2020
25.6 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,862

Sabine Danzé, You love me in Melbourne, Painting

Sabine Danzé

You love me in Melbourne, 2019
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,337

Karel Appel, Loving heads, Print

Karel Appel

Loving heads, 1979
24.2 x 31.7 inch
Print

$1,117

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

$149

Artize, Toi + Moi, Painting

Artize

Toi + Moi, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$968

Anastasia Gklava, Elisir d’Amore, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

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

$3,972

Vladimir Bazan, Paris -  Rue des 3 frères, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

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

$1,613

Irene Mahon, Elle et Lui, Painting

Irene Mahon

Elle et Lui, 2005
24 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$807

Sara Zaher, In an Open Relationship, Print

Sara Zaher

In an Open Relationship, 2016
40 x 40 x 2 inch
Print

$6,400

Luca Lionello, Biscayne Blvd, 62nd St, Photography

Luca Lionello

Biscayne Blvd, 62nd St, 2020
33.5 x 33.5 x 1 inch
Photography

$6,000

Malena Mazza, Hotel, Photography

Malena Mazza

Hotel, 2007
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$8,688

Myriam Paoli, Les Amoureux, Sculpture

Myriam Paoli

Les Amoureux, 2015
17.7 x 17.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,862

Corinne Berset, Rencontre - The match 1, Print

Corinne Berset

Rencontre - The match 1, 2013
27.6 x 18.9 x 0.1 inch
Print

$434

Gaëlle Girbes, Le Désir, Photography

Gaëlle Girbes

Le Désir, 2012
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$3,723

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