The Kiss (1892 – 1893) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Kiss - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - 1892 - 1893

Artwork Information

TitleThe Kiss
ArtistHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Date1892 - 1893
Dimensions39 x 58 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Kiss

The artwork titled “The Kiss,” created by artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec between 1892 and 1893, is a genre painting executed on cardboard. Measuring 39 by 58 centimeters, this piece is a representation of the Post-Impressionism movement. The artwork is currently part of a private collection.

In “The Kiss,” we observe an intimate scene rendered with a sense of immediacy and candidness that is characteristic of Toulouse-Lautrec’s style. The composition captures two figures engaged in a close embrace, their lips meeting in a tender kiss. The artist employs a vibrant palette, with predominant hues of reds and browns that contribute to the warmth and seclusion of the moment. The brushstrokes are loose yet deliberate, constructing the forms and textures of the scene in a way that enhances its emotional depth.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s ability to convey the private moments of Parisian nightlife is manifest in this artwork. By focusing on such personal displays of affection and employing a perspective that puts the viewer almost within arm’s reach of the subjects, the painting evokes a sense of voyeurism. The interior setting, accentuated by the furnishings such as the elegant chair on the right, complements the intimate act taking place, rounding out a scene that simultaneously captures a fleeting moment and tells a larger story of human connection.

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