Sotheby's At Large

12 of Art’s Most Memorable Kisses

Since the ancients, love has inspired artists to tell stories of infatuation, heartbreak and longing, and the theme of kisses has proven to be particularly resonant. From the eroticism of Picasso's self portrait with his wife to the exuberance of Dan Colen’s “painting” of lipstick traces, the passion of an artistic kiss transcends time and genre. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we searched our archives for works that valiantly kiss and tell. –Stephanie Sporn