Act of Kissing Captured by Artists in Indian and Western Art

By Abir Pothi

The Kiss in the Desakar Ragini: An Illustration of a Ragamala Series

Desakar ragini, a visual representation of ragas suited for the rainy season (July and August), carries associations with fertility.

Chittaprosad Bhattacharya’s Kiss (Linocut Painting)

Made in the  Bengal School Art, this is an Indian Linocut Painting by Chittaprosad Bhattacharya.

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss

In a world awash with sensuality, Gustav Klimt immortalised a profound love on his canvas

Rene Magritte’s The Lovers

In the realm of love, veiled faces whisper secrets untold. Magritte’s masterpiece evokes both beauty and enigma, drawing us into a paradoxical realm.

Ayushman Mitra’s The Art of Kissing

Amidst a wave of Kiss of Love protests against moral policing, Ayushman Mitra emerges as a notable artist with his installation, ‘The Art of Kissing.’

The Sculptures of Khajuraho Temples

The temples in Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India, are adorned with intricate carvings that depict various aspects of life, including sensuous and erotic scenes, including depictions of kissing.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Dans le lit

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, renowned for his provocative depictions of bohemian Paris, pushes boundaries with this tender portrayal of two women sharing a kiss in bed.

Banksy’s Kissing Coppers

In 2004, Banksy’s graffiti of two policemen kissing appeared on a wall in Brighton near the Prince of Albert pub

Constantin Brâncuși’s The Kiss

In Constantin Brâncuși’s sculpture “The Kiss,” a symbolic representation of a tender embrace unfolds.

Roy Lichtenstein – Kiss V

In Roy Lichtenstein’s serigraphy, tears, a kiss, and an embrace evoke both sorrowful farewells and poignant reunions..