Kissing In Art And Illustration

And it seemed to her that kisses, voices, tinkling spoons, laughter, the smell of crushed grass were somehow inside her.

Katherine Mansfield

A kiss on the forehead-erases misery.
I kiss your forehead.

A kiss on the eyes-lifts sleeplessness.

I kiss your eyes.

A kiss on the lips-is a drink of water.

I kiss your lips.

A kiss on the forehead-erases memory.

M Tsvetaeva, translated by Ilya Kaminsky
Marcello Dudovich, 1905
Five O’Clock Tea by Peter Newell
Margarita Sikorskaia, 1968
The Sudden Heart, Saturday Evening Post, May 20, 1950, illustration by Ray Prohaska
By Kay Nielsen (1886-1957) ‘The Lovers Perish in the Fire’ f. Arabian Nights, 1917
ROBERT G. HARRIS (American, 1911-2007), A Kiss From Johnny, McCalls Magazine, 1952
‘Aggrappati alla Grappa Gavardo’, ’Grasp the ‘Gavardo’ Grappa’, 1947, pun because grappa is also called graspa
Centaur Kiss – George Leonnec (1924)
Francesco Hayez, Italian 1791-1882 Il bacio (The kiss) 1859
A kiss under the parasol by Luděk Marold, 1895
Genji Monogatari cover (Tale of Genji)
TOM LOVELL (American, 1909-1997) The Kiss
Fashion Store, Moon Eclipse, 22 septembre 1820 Une Modist (…), anonymous, 1820
Vampire's Kiss illustration by Max Ernst, 1934, a collage from his work Une Semaine de Bonte (A Week of Kindness).
Vampire’s Kiss illustration by Max Ernst, 1934, a collage from his work Une Semaine de Bonte (A Week of Kindness).
Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910), for Lermontov anthology (1891)
Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov (1903-1977)
Felix Vallotton
No Kiss for Kate, Woman’s Day, 1953 by Macaulay (Mac) Conner
Arthur Sarnoff (American, 1912-2000) The Man Who Had No Heart 1953

Don’t Talk, Kiss, Enzo Apicella, 1988

“The whole point of being gay is that we get to make up our own rules. We get to hug and kiss and touch our friends (as long as they want us to) and erase the lines, not just blur them.”


Header illustration: Dont-Talk-Kiss-Enzo-Apicella-Great-Britain-Banyan-Books-London-1988