We Heart This Art! Our Artworks Pick For Valentine's Day

February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day is one of the best known holidays celebrated around the world in various cultural and religious settings every year on 14 February. This feast of love and romance can be traced back to early Christianity and the cult of Roman martyrs Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Throughout the centuries, this celebration was affiliated with the courtly love in the medieval period; however, it wasn’t until the 18th century until Valentine’s Day started developing as a social phenomenon that it is today, with the specific iconography, traveling offers, restaurant arrangements, and other commodities.

For this edition of collectors' tip, we selected ten outstanding artworks dedicated to love to honor the upcoming holiday that you can add to your collection as you read the text below.

Featured image: Satadru Sovan Banduri - Victory of Victorian love. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Tracey Emin - I Promise To Love You

The first artist on our Valentine's Day list is no other than the celebrated British artist Tracey Emin. Along with her male peers such as Damien Hirst or Liam Gillick, she belonged to the generation of the Young British Artists, and came to prominence with her installations that were at time considered controversial such as Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. Emin is known for embracing traditional women crafts such as embroidery or quilting while expressing her personal intimate experiences.

This embroidered cotton napkin with the inscription I Promise To Love You from 2012 nicely illustrates her practice.

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Robert Indiana - LOVE, (Red, Purple, Green) from The Book of Love portfolio

One of the most important figures of Pop Art, Robert Indiana was known for paintings and other works inspired by graphic design, especially the dynamics and symmetry typical for American advertising. Indiana explored typography through his simplistic and memorable works and it wasn’t rare the artist was a social commentary. In 1966 he made his Love painting that gradually became an iconic work that marked an entire decade.

This particular print called LOVE, (Red, Purple, Green) is part of The Book of Love portfolio made by the artist in 1996/97.

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Gustav Klimt - The Kiss

Gustav Klimt is considered as one of the most famous artists in the entire art history. This notable painter and the founder of Viennese Secession embraced modernism and presented it a unique and unprecedented fashion. It can be said that his paintings were the stimuli behind this art phenomenon that was in vogue for quite a long time since it extended to furniture and fashion design, architecture, etc.

Best known for mysterious, yet dazzling painting The Kiss made in 1907 and 1908 during the artist’s golden period, Klimt is celebrated not only for his outstanding craftsmanship, rather for the bewildering imagery that transcended the movement and the art currents of the time.

This particular piece is a print of the famous painting.

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Mr. Brainwash - Secret Admirer

This artwork was made by French-born, Los Angeles-based street artist Thierry Guetta, better known under his moniker Mr. Brainwash. His identity was speculated on numerous occasions, as well as his art for the apparent similarity with the works by Banksy. However, throughout the time Mr. Brainwash received attention for his pop–graffiti style that combines references from both historical pop and contemporary cultural imagery.

The piece Secret Admirer features the hooded artist splashing pink paint and was made by Mr. Brainwash in 2013.

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Satadru Sovan Banduri - Victory of Victorian love

Coming up is the work by a multi-disciplinary artist Satadru Sovan Banduri who works with large canvases, performance art, and light installations. By exploring the notion of light across various creative forms, he deals with the South Asian gender narrative in post cyber settings.

Victory of Victorian love is the painting depicting a couple kissing in a campy setting surrounded by the dome of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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Andy Warhol - Photograph of Keith Haring and Juan Rivera kissing

The following artwork is a photograph by the Pop Prince himself,Andy Warhol. Although he is probably best known for his commercial silk screens of flowers and portraits of celebrities, throughout his career Warhol produced a significant number of photographs and Polaroids that were more intimate and depicted the artist’s friends, acquaintances, and random people he used to meet in New York’s decadent nightlife.

Such is this photograph featuring his friend and equally famous artist Keith Haring, as well as less known artist Juan Rivera kissing.

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Rae Johnson - Alchemical Love

Rae Johnson is a renowned Canadian painter who arose on the scene back in the 1980s during the emergence of the figurative painting movement. She was the founder of the collective ChromaZone and since 1988 Johnson teaches drawing and painting at OCAD.

The painting Alchemical Love showing a couple passionately making love was made by the artist in 1985.

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Tyler Shields - Let Them Kiss

Celebrated American photographer and former professional skater Tyler Shields gained international attention after his notorious shot of comedian Kathy Griffin holding Donald Trump's severed head that was published in 2017. His daring style of fashion photography is marked by the unusual and slightly erotic depiction of subjects.

A good example of Shields’s approach is this shot called Let Them Kiss featuring a blurred scene inspired by Marie Antoinette depicting two boys kissing.

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Jiri Jaska - Lovers

Jiri Jaska is a less known Czech artist who was most active throughout the interwar period. He was exploring the human body and its form and depicted it often in an erotic fashion.

This beautiful representation of lovers was made by the artist in 1934.

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Gabriel Rico - Amor

The last artwork on our top list was made by Mexican artist Gabriel Rico best known for his hybrid installations. By engaging with ceramics, neon, taxidermy, and other manufacturing methods, Rico produces works that tackle the relationship between humans and nature.

Amor is Rico’s ironic comment on Valentine’s Day depicting two skeletons kissing.

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