Arts Everyday Living: Escaping Social Distancing– Art of Valentine’s Day—In Love With Love


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Ah l’amour!!!  Here’s a special holiday Art Circle to celebrate the joy, the passion, and endurance of love, both visually and in writing.  The featured artists constitute an international cast: Austrian Gustav Klimt (1862-1918); Frenchmen Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Edouard Manet (1832-1883), Carolus-Duran (1837-1917) and Rene-Xavier Prinet (1861-1946); Spaniards Raimundo Madrazo (1841-1920) and Santiago Rusinol (1861-1931); Italian Francesco Hayez (1791-1882); Brits John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903) and Frederic Leighton (1830-1896); and Dutchmen Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Rembrandt (1606-1669).


Raimundo Madrazo, The Love Letter, 19th century, oil on canvas, Prado, Madrid, Spain

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

George Sand (1804-1876)


John Callcott Horsley, The Morning of St. Valentine, 1865, oil, Walker Art Gallery, National Museums, Liverpool, UK

Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind.  But vanity, not love has been my folly.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)


Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance in the Country, 1883, oil on canvas, Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.

Arrigo Boito (1842-1918)


Edouard Manet, At the Pere Lathuille, 1879, oil on canvas, Musee des Beaux Arts, Tournai, Belgium

The first thing necessary to win the heart of a woman is opportunity.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)


Santiago Rusinol, A Romance, 1894, oil on canvas, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

I think of you so incessantly, so insistently.  The thought of you is always there.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)


Frederic Leighton, The Painter’s Honeyman, 1864, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

My whole life has been pledged to this meeting with you.

Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)


Carolus-Duran, The Kiss, 1868, oil on canvas, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lillie, Lille, France

Love….ever unsatisfied, lives always in the moment that is about to come.

Marcel Proust (1871-1922)


Francesco Hayez, The Kiss, 1859, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

True love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be denied when it does.

Torquato Tasso (1544-1595)


Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1907-1908, Oil and gold leaf on canvas, Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.

Virgil (70 B.C.-19 B.C.)


Rene-Xavier Prinet, Kreutzer Sonata, 1901, oil on canvas, Private Collection

You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)


Excerpt from Vincent van Gogh letter, dated March 18, 1888, to fellow artist Emile Bernard


Vincent van Gogh, Two Lovers Fragment, 1888, oil on canvas, Private Collection

The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)



Rembrandt, The Jewish Bride, c. 1665-1669, oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.  In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)



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