Kiss Kiss

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Cupid, 1593, Lucas Cranach the Elder, PMA-1

Cupid, c. 1530, oil on panel.  Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1472-1553, German.  Philadelphia Art Museum




The Kiss, 1917, limestone.  Constantin Brancusi, 1876-1957, French, born Romania.  Philadelphia Museum of Art





The Lovers (After the Rain), and detail, 1925, enamel paint and oil on canvas. Francis Picabia, 1879-1953.  Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, on exhibit at MOMA, NY in the winter of 2016/2017



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Two Nudes in a Forest, oil on metal, 1939.  Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954.  On display at the Philadelphia Art Museum in the winter of 2016/2017 in an exhibition about artists of the Mexican Revolution



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Untitled (Club Couple), 2014, acrylic on PVC panel. Kerry James Marshall, born 1955, American.  Collection of Mandy and Cliff Einstein on display at an exhibition of the artist’s work in late 2016 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY



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Cupid’s Hunting Fields, 1880; oil and gold paint on gesso relief on mahogany panel.  Edward Burne-Jones, British, 1833-1898.  Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington



Armida gazes on the sleeping Rinaldo, c. 1785, coloured chalks on laid paper.  Guiseppe Cades, 1750-1799, Italian.   Philadelphia Museum of Art



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Love in the Forest and detail, 1920, oil on canvas.  Heinrich Campendonk, 1899-1957.  German.  Philadelphia Art Museum



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Untitled (Vignette) , 2012, acrylic and glitter on PVC panel.  Kerry James Marshall, born 1955, American. Collection of Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Anita Blanchard on display at the Metropolitan Museum, NY in the winter of 2016/2017







The Kiss, 1925-26, oil and enamel paint on canvas in a frame thought to be by Pierre Legrain.  Francis Picabia, French.  1879-1953. Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, on display at MOMA, NY in the winter of 2016/2017



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Rhada and Krishna, c. 1952, watercolour on paper. Y.G. Srimati, 1926-2007, Indian. Collection of Michael Pelletieri on display at the Metropolitan Museum, NY in the winter of 2016/2017.

A representation, in the first instance, of the union of a human with the divine. When I entered the gallery, a visitor from the Indian subcontinent was sitting on a three-legged collapsible stool in meditation before this painting.



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The Sofa, c. 1894-96, oil on cardboard. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901, French.  Metropolitan Museum, NY



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Man and Woman, 1926, oil on canvas.  Rufino Tamayo, 1899-1991, Mexican.  Philadelphia Museum of Art



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Self-Portrait of the Artist with his Wife, 1911, oil on canvas.  Max Pechstein, 1881-1955, German.  Baltimore Art Museum



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Still Life with Wedding Portrait and detail, 2015, acrylic on PVC.  A portrait of Harriet Tubman on the occasion of her marriage with her first husband.  Kerry James Marshall, born 1955, American.  Collection of Jay and Gretchen Jordan on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY in the winter of 2016/2017




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Spring in Central Park, 1914, oil on canvas.  William Zorach, 1889-1966, American born Lithuania.  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thought to be a representation of Adam and Eve before their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, surrogates for the artist and his wife, Marguerite, also an artist



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The Lie, 1897, oil on artist’s board.  Felix Vallotton, 1865-1925, French born Switzerland.  Baltimore Museum of Art



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Chagall Greetings, 1949, ink on paper. Marc Chagell, 1887-1985, Russian.  Philadelphia Museum of Art




In the Boudoir (Before the Mirror),   oil, graphite, metal, photograph and wood on panel.  Alexander Archipenko, 1887-1964, Ukrainian.  Philadelphia Art Museum



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America Today (one of several panels), 1930-31, egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior.  Thomas Hart Benton, 1889-1975.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY







The Wedding Feast of Cupid and Psyche, 1558, enamel, partly gilded, on copper. Pierre Reymond, 1513-after 1584, French.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY


The Valentine cards are American, from 1900 to 1910.


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