Monday, February 2, 2009

A Kiss to Build a Dream on



For the first Art Poll By Bob of 2009 I asked, “Which of the following wintry works is the most chill to you?” You frostily replied that Pieter Brueghel the Elder's Hunters in the Snow (1565) was the chillingest, with 19 supporters, just edging out Caspar David Friedrich's The Sea of Ice (1823-1825), which received 16 votes. Andy Goldsworthy's Icicle Star (1980s) matched the late Andrew Wyeth's First Snow, Study for Groundhog Day (1959) with 10 votes. John Henry Twachtman's Winter Harmony (1890-1900) with 4 votes and Hiroshige's Mountains and Rivers on the Kiso Road (1857), Claude Monet's Snow at Argenteuil (1875), and Vincent van Gogh's Landscape with Snow (1888) with 2 votes each rounded out the field. Thanks to everyone who braved the cold and voted.

For February’s Art Poll By Bob, I’m heating things up. Love is in the air, so in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m asking, “Which of these famous kisses gets you in the mood?”:



William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The First Kiss (1873)



Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss (1908)



Marc Chagall, The Birthday (1915)



Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (1907-1908)



Roy Lichtenstein, Kiss V (1965)



Edvard Munch, The Kiss (1892)



Auguste Rodin, The Kiss (1889)



Franz von Stuck, The Kiss of the Sphinx (1895)



Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, In Bed: The Kiss (1892)

None of these smooches may reach the top 5 all time, like the kiss at the end of The Princess Bride (top of post), but they come close. Grab your sweetie, pucker up, and vote!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about Magritte's The Lovers?

http://www.lacoctelera.com/myfiles/martillo/rene_magritte0011.jpg

etpmvemp said...

Or Camille Claudelle's kiss?

Enkidu said...

Bouguereau??! 1 vote so far, why are they reading an art blog? Klimt is a great favourite but this looks more like a devouring than a kiss, as indeed was Klimt's wont. Brancussi, too intellectual to get the juices going. Chagall, not usually but "the Birthday" is a bit chaste. Munch, great sense of mystery, furtiveness?, the sweep of the curtain suggests getting carried away. Rodin, absolutely all time great sculptor, but, sorry, this is a cliche now. (overexposure) I voted for Toulouse-Lautrec, a little bit slutty but both on the same level.

to Anonymous and etpmvemp. Bob makes the rules!

Anonymous said...

Chagall's lovers seem chaste, but look at the ornate bed on the side; also , is it an cut pomegranate on the table? did I read somewhere it was symbolic of fruitfulness (amongst other things)?

What I like in 'The Birthday'is the enchantment , the characters are floating in happiness, the scene is full of promise...hence my vote!
By the way, thank you for this most interesting blog!Lou

Lou said...

Chagall's lovers seem chaste, but look at the ornate bed on the side; also , is it an cut pomegranate on the table? did I read somewhere it was symbolic of fruitfulness (amongst other things)?

What I like in 'The Birthday'is the enchantment , the characters are floating in happiness, the scene is full of promise...hence my vote!
By the way, thank you for this most interesting blog!Lou

February 5, 2009 1:29 AM

etpmvemp said...

To Enkidu: You are right, Bob's rules. Not complaining here. I agree with you about most of the pictures, but I voted for Klimt for that exact reason (although I did consider overexposure in his case too).

MadSilence said...

Rodin, of course!

Although Lautrec's In Bed: The Kiss is new to me. A runner up.

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Amoronia said...

Wonderful post!

anand said...

really a nice combination of kiss and nature.
kiss give energy
kiss give attach two soul,
kiss make promise,
kiss show word in stone

really
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thanks...