Romance Paintings - Best of Love Art

Romance and love are the feelings, we all strive for in our lives.These emotions attaches a person to another with such a depth that makes relationships grow even more stronger.The concept of romance started from the West, especially Europe with the concept of Courtly Love - the bond between a knight and his lady , however the word "Romance" is rooted to the Roman style.

Romance Paintings or Romanticism (named as an art form) originated in Europe in early 18th century, after which many romance poems, short films, stories and other expressive dialects were started given.It took time for people to accept this revolutionary art form and for artists to express themselves.At that time Romanticism doesn't only meant - anything a matter of sexual attraction or intimacy but also - anything that arouses Enlightenment. Though, we changing times and modernization and improving definitions of Romanticism - it became a symbol of love between partners.


Autumn Leaves- 1856

A beautiful romance painting by John Everett Millais , exhibited in  Royal Academy - "A painting full of beauty and without subject"- said the artist's wife.

The painting became the symbol of YOUTH and BEAUTY and is known to be inspired from Tennyson’s song "Tears, Idle Tears" in The Princess (1847):

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean.

Tears from the depth of some divine despair

Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,

In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,

And thinking on the days that are no more!!

Romance-Autumn Leaves-1856
Romance - April Love

April Love - 1856,

a well-known romance painting  by Arthur Huges, and at the first time of its exhibition , the painter said few lines from Tennyson's poem "The Miller's Daughter":

Love is hurt with jar and fret,

Love is made a vague regret,

Eyes with idle tears are set,

Idle habit links us yet;

What is Love? For we forget.

Ah no, no!!

The Lady of Shalott -1888

Romance painting by English artist John William Waterhouse, depicting a beautiful  girl, dressed in white who is sitting in a boat , floating in the river.The artist is said to get inspired from a poem by  Lord Tennyson's 1832 poem - Alfred.

The Lady of Shalott is as oil painting, in which the poet describes the plight of a young woman, loosely based on the figure of Elaine of Astolat from medieval Arthurian legend,who yearned with an unrequited love for the knight Sir Lancelot, isolated under an undisclosed curse in a tower near King Arthur's Camelot.

The three versions of this Romance painting are:

Romance- The Lady Of Shallot
Romance - The Ninth Wave

The Ninth Wave - 1850

Romance painting by the Russian Armenian Ivan Aivazovsky, who is best known for his marine art works. The paintings says that the waves grew larger and larger and join with each other till the ninth wave and after the ninth wave is formed , the series is again started from the beginning.It depicts a sea after a night storm and people facing death attempting to save themselves by clinging to debris from a wrecked ship  - SHOWING THE DANGERS AS WELL AS BEAUTY OF THE NATURE.

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (also named as Wanderer above the Mist or Mountaineer in a Misty Landscape) - 1818

Romance painted by a German painter Caspar David Friedrich, the painting depicts a man wearing a dark green colored coat and with a stick in his right arm who is showing his back to the audience, standing on the mountain peak, seeing a landscape full of fog.

Romance - Ophelia

Ophelia – 1851-1852

Romance painting by  British artist Sir John Everett Millais is a depiction of a character named Ophelia from Hamlet , a famous William Shakespeare, singing before she drowns in a river in Denmark.

The artist is known for his hard work by living in natural settings, along the banks of the river Hogsmill River in Ewell to get inspired for the scene and understanf=d the best suitable setting for Ophelia in the painting , he spended 5 months , 6 days a week and 11 hours a day,there. Hence, he first painted the landscape and the Ophelia.

This allowed him to accurately depict the natural scene before him. Millais encountered enormous difficulties during the painting process. He wrote in a letter to a friend, "The flies of Surrey are more muscular, and have a still greater propensity for probing human flesh. I am threatened with a notice to appear before a magistrate for trespassing in a field and destroying the hay ... and am also in danger of being blown by the wind into the water. Certainly the painting of a picture under such circumstances would be greater punishment to a murderer than hanging." By November 1851, the weather had turned windy and snowy. Millais oversaw the building of a hut "made of four hurdles,like a sentry-box, covered outside with straw". According to Millais, sitting inside the hut made him feel like Robinson Crusoe. William Holman Hunt was so impressed by the hut that he had an identical one built for himself - i.e. Romance.



The Black Brunswicker – 1860

Again a romance painting by John Everett Millais, the painting depicts a Brunswicker  soldier who is about to leave for battle , when his beloved lady , dressed in grey ballgown dress with a red ribbon , tries to stop him by trying to close the door while he tries to open it and leave. It’s a very emotional painting that purely defines true love.

In a letter to his wife, Effie Gray, Millais described his inspiration for the work, referring to a conversation with William Howard Russell, the war correspondent of The Times:

My subject appears to me, too, most fortunate, and Russell thinks it first-rate. It is connected with the Brunswick Cavalry at Waterloo...They were nearly annihilated but performed prodigies of valour... I have it all in my mind's eye and feel confident that it will be a prodigious success. The costume and incident are so powerful that I am astonished it has never been touched upon before. Russell was quite struck with it, and he is the best man for knowing the public taste. Nothing could be kinder than his interest, and he is to set about getting all the information that is required.

Romance- Black Brunswicker
Romance - Huguenot Lovers

A Huguenot or A Huguenot on St Bartholomew's Day - 1852

Romance artist John Everett Millais , in order to make a simple lover’s painting eventful (on the advice of his colleague  William Holman Hunt), he added the painting a true story of a Huguenot. Two lovers are depicted in one another’s arms when the lady is trying to make the man wear a white armband, simultaneously man removing it with the hand – he is embracing his lover with.

The incident refers to the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572 when French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris, leading to other massacres elsewhere in France. A small number of Protestants escaped from the city by wearing white armbands.

The romance artist is known to be a flower-lover, so he adds flowers to almost all of his paintings, colored as per the demand of the scene and requirement of the painting respectively.

The Long Engagement (1854- 1859)

This Romance painting depicts a curate and his fiancée , standing under a tree, while she is looking to her own nae as Amy carved on the tree trunk, a while ago.The couple looks sad and lost because the parents of a girl engaged to a poorly paid curate would typically not allow the marriage until he had secured a more remunerative position – i.e. within the church hierarchy. In an observation by  A. N. Wilson, In his book The Victorians(2003) –he gave words on the painting that :

It depicts an emotional predicament stemming directly from an economic situation. The prosperity which had created the vast bourgeoisie with its gradations from lower to upper middle class had also created a code. You could not marry, and maintain the position in society to which you aspired, until you had a certain amount of money in the bank.


Romance - A Long Engagement
Romance - Dance in the country


a beautiful love and romance by french artist  Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The painting shows a couple dancing under a chestnut tree and man is said to be Paul Lhôte, a friend of the artist and the woman is Aline Charigot, who later became the wife of him.The couple looks very beautiful and happy, while dancing together and are dressed very beautifully.

The painting currently kept in Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

The Kiss- 1907 and 1908

Painted by Gustav Klimt, The kiss is a oil painting , the painting depicts a couple into completely into physical intimacy and their bodies entwined and covered by  golden decorated leafs  in a style influenced by both linear constructs of the contemporary Art Nouveau style and the organic forms of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement.The background has been shown as sparkling into gold , expressing the magic of love with a bed of flowers.

Romance - The Birthday


Romance is in the air -is rightly depicted in this painting by artist Marc Chagall when a husband surprises her wife a surprise kiss and beautiful flowers on her birthday , making the day happier for her.This sensual love - lifts up them off the ground.

It is believed that the woman in the painting is artist's  first wife Bella Rosenfeld whom the artist met in St. Petersburg in 1908.The painting symbolizes infinite love between life partners that doesn't fades away, ever.

“Love and fantasy go hand in hand “- Marc Chagall


a romance oil painting by Frida Kahlo is inspired from her real life, when she got divorced by him (Diego Rivera) and didn't complete on time , hence is was named also as  "Diego in My Thoughts" and "Thinking of Diego".

The painting depicts her pain of betrayal by her husband and her desire to get his love back , even after many betrayals.She misses her , hence a portrait of her husband is painted on her forehead - depicting that she is still thinking about him.

The Romance is in her thoughts that are shown as the spider's web in the background of the painting.

Romance - self-portrait-as-a-tehuana


Romance - Love -1967

LOVE - 1967

The romance painting by Robert Indiana beautifully depicts the word -LOVE in bold red color with the background cleverly divided into blue and green.

Originally designed as a Christmas card commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in 1965, LOVE has appeared in prints, paintings, sculptures, banners, rings, tapestries, and stamps.

The most known example of it is an INSTALLATION ON AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS IN NEW YORK CITY , known as LOVE, 1966-1999.

According to the artist - 

Here the quartered field is filled with the four letters of love, as compactly and economically as possible, but with my interest in the circle still called to mind by the tilted o.”— Robert Indiana.






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