Art to say “Be My Valentine”

Thinking of the one you love? Revel in these creative expressions of endearing or alluring romances. In this collection there are tender moments from the romantics of Australian art, contemporary romantic gestures and erotic frissons. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, let art do the wooing.
Charles Blackman was often called the romantic of Australian art. In his work, we find bouquets that will never wilt and blushing brides. Mirka Mora too created with her heart on her sleeve, envisioning whimsical love stories between fantastical characters.
The earliest surviving Valentine was written in February 1415 by the French Duke of Orleans. Imprisoned in the Tower of London, he wrote to his wife, calling her “my very gentle Valentine.” Around the same time, Chaucer noticed birds pairing off around mid-February, wistfully writing “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”
You may reject the Valentine’s Day cliches, but you can’t deny the power of a romantic gesture. Whether your love is steady, new or rearing over the horizon, make your love feel special with a work of art.
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