Pucker Up! Here Are 10 Romantic, Icky, and All-Around Lovable Timeless Artworks Titled ‘The Kiss’

From Auguste Rodin to Tino Sehgal, a look back at artists who've commemorated the kiss.

Pablo Picasso's Le Baiser (The Kiss) (1969). Courtesy of the Picasso Museum, Paris.

In art history, The Kiss has been a common theme—and title—among artists ranging from Auguste Rodin to Tracey Emin. This Valentine’s Day, we look back at 10 of our favorite works that interpret this romantic union.

1. Edvard Munch, The Kiss (1897)

Edvard Munch's <i>The Kiss</i> (1897). Courtesy of wikiart.org.

Edvard Munch’s The Kiss (1897). Courtesy of wikiart.org.

2. Tino Sehgal, The Kiss (2010)

Still from Tino Sehgal's "The Kiss" at the Guggenheim Museum, 2010. Image via Flickr.

Still from Tino Sehgal’s The Kiss at the Guggenheim Museum, 2010. Image via Flickr.

3. Andy Warhol, The Kiss (Bela Lugosi) (1963)

Andy Warhol's <i>The Kiss (Bela Lugosi)</i> (1963). Photo: Courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.

Andy Warhol’s The Kiss (Bela Lugosi) (1963). Photo courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd.

4. Tracey Emin, The Kiss (2011)

Tracey Emin's The Kiss (2011). Image © Tracey Emin Studio.

Tracey Emin’s The Kiss (2011). Image © Tracey Emin Studio.

5. Peter Behrens, The Kiss (1898)

Peter Behrens,The Kiss (Der Kuss). Courtesy © 2015 Peter Behrens / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany.

Peter Behrens,The Kiss (Der Kuss).
Courtesy © 2015 Peter Behrens / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany.

6. Auguste Rodin, The Kiss (1901–04)

Rodin's The Kiss (1901–1904). Courtesy of Tate.

Rodin’s The Kiss (1901–1904). Courtesy of the Tate.

7. Jean Cocteau, The Kiss (1957)

Jean Cocteau’s The Kiss (1957). Image courtesy of Wikimedia commons.

8. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (Lovers) (1907–08)

Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss (Lovers) (1907–08). Courtesy of Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna via Wikimedia Commons.

9. Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss (1907–08)

Constantin Brancusi’s The Kiss (1907–1908). Courtesy of Wikimedia commons.

10. Marlene Dumas, The Kiss (2003)

Marlene Dumas’s The Kiss (Olieverf op doek) (2003). Courtesy of the Stedelijk Museum.


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