Love is in the Art
Guest Post by Ellen Ford, MOA Marketing Intern
Love is one of the most oft-depicted subjects in art. Whether it’s a wedding scene, a scandalous tryst, or innocent affection, each century has multitudes of love-themed art to offer. So which ones come out on top? It’s hard to tell, but here are some favorites from the past three centuries.
A simple design. An ‘L’ and an ‘O’ on top of a ‘V’ and an ‘E.’ Many versions of Indiana’s work have been created and displayed around the world – including here at the MOA. It’s an image that has been sold by the millions over the years. The composition of the four letters communicates a message that is as universal as the language of art. It was originally designed as a Christmas card and grew immensely in popularity from there. Want to see why? Come see it in sculpture form on the third floor of the MOA.
Renoir has depicted a perfectly romantic scene – the remains of a shared meal in the background, a dance so lively it has knocked the gentleman’s hat to the ground and a woman’s charming smile to accompany it all. The smile belongs to Renoir’s future wife – Aline Charigot. The painting invites the viewers to join in the celebration and dance with the same amount of spontaneity and romance the couple exudes.
This delicate scene depicts Dibutades, the daughter of a potter in Corinth, and her sleeping lover. The lover is set to embark on a perilous journey outside the city. As he sleeps, Dibutades traces his silhouette on the wall so her father can create a clay relief of the outline for her to remember her lover by. It’s a heart-warming depiction of the classic Greek tale that has viewers rooting for the lover’s safe return.