oil and gold on canvas


Hilma af Klint (Swedish, 1862-1944. b. Karlberg Palace, Solna Municipality, Sweden) - 1: The Dove No. 2, 1915, Oil on Canvas  2: Altarpiece, No. 1, Group X, 1915, Oil Tempera, Gold Metal Leaf on Canvas  3: Tree Of Knowledge Series W, No 5, 1913-1915, Watercolors  


Happy Valentines Day! 

Here are just a few romantic objects from the collections, including a medieval gold posy ring, roses by Renoir, lovers fleeing across a moor, and an idyllic love scene.

  • Bouquet de Roses dans un Vase, an oil on canvas by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841–1919).
  • Small gold, medieval, posy ring, inscribed with the words ‘tout pour vous’ (‘all for you’) & sprays of flowers that were once enamelled. Made in the 15th century and discovered near Thame, Oxfordshire. 
  • Lovers at dawn, illustrating the musical mode Raga Vibhasa. Gouache on paper c.1675, from north Deccan, India.
  • Lovers fleeing across the moor, a woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). 
  • Sultan Baz Bahadur and his Hindu mistress Rupmati, Gouache Painting, Kulu India, c.1720
  • Acme & Septimius, an oil on canvas by Frederic Lord Leighton exhibited at the Royal Academy 1868. The subject of this scene of idyllic love is taken from Catullus, CarmineXV. Both the round shape and composition are indebted to Raphael’s Madonnas. The background includes the rose, traditionally the symbol of love. 

Salomon Koninck - The gold-weigher


oil on canvas

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, oil, silver and gold on canvas, 138 x 138 cm, Neue Galerie, New York. Source

Klimt’s famous first portrait of the Viennese socialite and art patron Adele Bloch-Bauer has been part of the Neue Galerie’s collection since 2006. It was the subject of a huge ownership dispute between the Austrian government and Adele’s niece Maria Altmann, who had been left the painting, amongst other Klimts, by her Uncle Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer upon his death in 1945. Maria’s story has been portrayed a number of times, including in last year’s film Woman in Gold, which starred Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl.