The concept of love has been one of the most prominent themes depicted in art throughout history.
The Kiss was originally designed to be part of The Gates of Hell, Rodin’s monumental sculptural group work depicting a scene from Dante’s Inferno. This well-known sculpture shows adulterous lovers Paolo and Francesca, who are surprised and killed by Francesca’s husband while sharing their first kiss. Rodin realized that the sensuality of this depiction didn’t fit with the theme of his project, and he transformed the piece into an independent work. Although the eroticism of the sculpture caused controversy when it was first exhibited in 1887, Rodin went on to make three full-scale marble versions of the sculpture, as well as smaller versions in terracotta, bronze, and plaster.
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Our theme for February is Love, and Stephen Evans has sent in this image with these words:
“I have always had a ‘LOVE’ for painting wild animals, particularly the big cats, lions, tigers and leopards who, along side other species, are in serious danger of becoming extinct. I try to capture the seriousness of their situation in my paintings and I have selected this image from a solo exhibition, held several years ago, at a gallery near Hereford titled ‘It’s Our World Too’. I feel the this painting is particularly poignant and demonstrates this ongoing situation.”
This Orangutan mother is cradling her baby with security and ‘Love’.
Will our children and grandchildren only know of these animals through paintings and photographs?
Painted with soft pastels on A3 pastel paper.
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