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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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Henri Lamy, In her mind, Painting

Henri Lamy

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

$2,181

Maud Chalard, Lost & Found, Photography

Maud Chalard

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

$424

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

$17,568

James Sparshatt, El amor, Photography

James Sparshatt

El amor, 2002
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$843

Vladimir Bazan, Paris -  Rue des 3 frères, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

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

$1,575

Stéphane Gizard, Couple - Modern Lovers, Photography

Stéphane Gizard

Couple - Modern Lovers, 2012
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$2,060

Erner, Tango, Print

Erner

Tango, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$485

Cynthia K Cortes, Bite, Photography

Cynthia K Cortes

Bite, 2010
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$11,510

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

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

$666

Young-Joo KIM, Coeur 1991 Heart, Print

Young-Joo KIM

Coeur 1991 Heart, 1991
10 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch
Print

$600

Charles Léandre, Les amoureux, Painting

Charles Léandre

Les amoureux, 1925
45.3 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,725

Kaixin Lyu, Seagul love - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

Kaixin Lyu

Seagul love - Reproduction digigraphie, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$303

C215, Les amoureux - Paris, Print

C215

Les amoureux - Paris, 2020
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$727

Speedy Graphito, Love, Print

Speedy Graphito

Love, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Print

$460

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

Egon Schiele

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

$836

Marian Williams, Sweet Sweet Love, Painting

Marian Williams

Sweet Sweet Love, 2021
9.8 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$303

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

$446

Martine Fauve Dechavanne, Raffinement, Painting

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Raffinement, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$3,877

Our recommendations Etienne, Le baiser, Sculpture

Etienne

Le baiser, 2010
13 x 16.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$9,451

David Jamin, Amour, Painting

David Jamin

Amour, 2021
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,392

Claude Gilli, L’amour fou, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

L’amour fou, 2010
6.3 x 4.3 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$424

Gediminas Endriekus, Passers-by, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

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

$10,299

Jana & JS, No walls, Painting

Jana & JS

No walls, 2021
33.1 x 19.7 x 9.8 inch
Painting

$5,452

Boreli, Point, Painting

Boreli

Point, 2014
51.2 x 35 inch
Painting

$2,423

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

Jean-Philippe Berger

All we need is love, 2020
45.7 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$698 $775

Alain Boullet, Couple, Sculpture

Alain Boullet

Couple, 2005
12.6 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,452

Michael Grine, Heart, Painting

Michael Grine

Heart, 2011
30 x 24 x 0.75 inch
Painting

$1,000

Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Print

$121

Patricia Guinois Messica, Power of Love, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

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

$5,937

Christian Jodin, Coeurs Tout Chauds, Painting

Christian Jodin

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

$133 $267

Abdayem Moussa, Marriage, Print

Abdayem Moussa

Marriage, 1980
19.5 x 13.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$242

Rietje Geurts, Groot ensemble, Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Groot ensemble, 2015
24.4 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$17,568

Marta Grassi, Parade, Painting

Marta Grassi

Parade, 2015
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,423

John Kenny, Lourdes, Photography

John Kenny

Lourdes, 2012
35.4 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$2,261

Lídia Vives, The Rival, Photography

Lídia Vives

The Rival, 2015
9.8 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$545

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

$2,411

Miri Baruch, Couple kissing, Painting

Miri Baruch

Couple kissing, 2021
43.3 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,423

Ellina Zhanu, La Consolation, Painting

Ellina Zhanu

La Consolation, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$775 $969

Karel Appel, Loving heads, Print

Karel Appel

Loving heads, 1979
24.2 x 31.7 inch
Print

$1,090

Angu Walters, Couple, Painting

Angu Walters

Couple, 2019
31.5 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$700

Waleria Matelska, In Love, Painting

Waleria Matelska

In Love, 2020
8.1 x 4.5 inch
Painting

$303

Marguerite Wibaux, Two girls, Fine Art Drawings

Marguerite Wibaux

Two girls, 2020
14 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$200

Tracey Emin, Fighting For Love, Print

Tracey Emin

Fighting For Love, 1998
11.7 x 8.3 inch
Print

$5,316

Pierre Riollet, Promise, Painting

Pierre Riollet

Promise, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,877

Jane Waterous, Love, Painting

Jane Waterous

Love, 2020
36 x 36 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Natalie Laudon, Cœur Super Héros, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Cœur Super Héros, 2018
29.5 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,483

Sophie Hustin, Complicité entre nous deux, Sculpture

Sophie Hustin

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

$3,271

Prefab77, Riot Heart II, Print

Prefab77

Riot Heart II, 2019
26 x 26 x 0.4 inch
Print

$600

Artize, La Vie est belle, Painting

Artize

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

$1,817

Jacques Chauchat, L'amour dégagé, Print

Jacques Chauchat

L'amour dégagé, 2011
24.4 x 17.7 inch
Print

$969

Sivan Dayan, Love Me Not, Painting

Sivan Dayan

Love Me Not, 2017
20 x 16 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,500

Christof Monnin, Danse d'amour, Painting

Christof Monnin

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

$2,666

Mark Hanham, Young Love, Painting

Mark Hanham

Young Love, 2019
24 x 20 x 2 inch
Painting

$312 $354

Anastasia Gklava, Elisir d’Amore, Painting

Anastasia Gklava

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

$3,877

Kate Styler, Yin et Yang, Painting

Kate Styler

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

$1,939

Corinne Berset, Rencontre - The match 1, Print

Corinne Berset

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

$424

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

$7,875

Jon Gubbay, Kissing the Dream, Painting

Jon Gubbay

Kissing the Dream, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,686

Baptiste Tavernier, Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville, Photography

Baptiste Tavernier

Baiser de l'Hotel de Ville, 2021
6.5 x 5.7 x 1 inch
Photography

$303

Maud Merouze, Heart on fire, Painting

Maud Merouze

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

$1,575

Pose, Couples Therapy 3, Print

Pose

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

$7,500

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza), Broken heart, Sculpture

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza)

Broken heart, 2019
12.4 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,817

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