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From the sweet naiveté of a Pre-Raphellite sonnet to the burning lusts of Egon Schele, love abides. Love blesses us and it hurts us — and no one is more inspired than a wounded or love-drunk artist.

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A Huguenot on St Bartholomew's Day

John Everett Millais, 1852

I'm sending this letter along with that of your dear daughter Anna, my dear colleague in the arts, in order to tell you of my deep affection for her.

A Letter of Intent

Rosa Bonheur, 1898

Alfred Sisley with His Wife

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1868

Cupid and Psyche

Trophime Bigot, 1642

Hamlet and Ophelia

Mikhail Vrubel, 1888

I would, to immerse my consciousness into your serenity

I Would to Love You

Milena Pavlović-Barili, 1940

Lovers in Pink

Marc Chagall, 1916

Observatory Time - The Lovers

Man Ray, 1932-1934

Sappho and Phaon

Jacques-Louis David, 1809

The Love Song

Edward Burne-Jones, 1868-1877

The Oldest Love Poem

800 BCE

The Progress of Love - The Lover Crowned

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1771-1772

The Progress of Love: Love Letters

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1771-1772

The Progress of Love: Reverie

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1771-1772

The Progress of Love: The Meeting

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1771-1772

More Themes in Art

The Nude in Art

Getting out the skin


Reimagining natural beauty


The canvas mirror

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