Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me - Sepia Saturday

In the spring they say a young man's fancy lightly turns to the thoughts of love!

To follow Alan's romantic theme this week  I had to search the net again and started with this sculpture in the Philadelphia Museum.

The Eternal Spring Kiss - Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
(photo by Юката)

A cast bronze of Rodin's 'The Kiss' is in the National Museum of Warsaw. Conceived in 1889 it was cast sometime between 1898 and 1918. The bronze is signed A. Rodin and stamped F. Barbedienne Foundeur.

The Kiss
Much has been made of a kiss in a Paris street at the end of WWII but my next kiss comes from Australia.

A Victory Kiss 1945
This picture is in the Australian War Memorial Collection and shows a member of the WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Australian Airforce) kissing a policeman during the Victory Pacific celebrations.

As early as 1896 there was a romantic theme in films.

Film still from The Kiss
As you all should know not all kisses are welcome so I could not resist including this.

The description where I found this cartoon by Cartoosh just says, "Under the influence of the Valentine atmosphere, Kerry couldn't wait to express her love to people she cared about - the first and foremost, her brother, Andy. You should do the same. Even better, send gifts or cards to your friends and family."

If  I've bored you with these kisses I must ask, "Is there a more passionate kiss than this? Be ready....."

Kiss of Death
This can be seen in the cemetery of Polenou, the oldest urban cemetery in Barcelona. The sculpture is from Jaume Barba, sculpted in 1930. (Photo by BurgerSF - Creative Commons Attribution- Share Alike 2.0 Generic license)

For 'more kisses for me' check out Sepia Saturday 87


Mattias Kroon said...

The victory kiss there was very nice.We are living in a time which reminds us of the time around the WW2 so it became suddenly very alive for me.

Little Nell said...

A lovely collection of smackers Bob! I used to see the Rodin sculpture in an encyclopaedia I had as a child and was fascinated by it.

Christine H. said...

That first one brings to mind a bad game of Twister. The second one is just so sublime.

Kristin said...

The kiss of!

Postcardy said...

I like the second statue best.

In the U.S. a famous photo is VJ Kiss in Times Square:

Anonymous said...

The kiss of death one, wow!

Rosie said...

Great contribution to Sepia Saturday Bob! Why is it most everyone likes to see people kissing?

tony said...

On Balance,I Think I Prefer A French Kiss to a Spanish one!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

That Kiss of Death is scary. Have never seen that one. Love the Rodin one.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow...all of them are wonderful, but I think I really like the Kiss of Death best...

But I'm the gal who hangs out in cemeteries with a camera snapping away at the art found there.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I love the encouragement, "Even better, send gifts or cards to your friends and family." Better than a kiss?

The Rodin Museum is one of my favourite places to visit.

Anonymous said...

You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh... Nice collection of kisses here!

Tattered and Lost said...

Oh my that Kiss of Death is fascinating! Really quite brilliant.

Martin Lower said...

They didn't mess about did they? I remember seeing a copy of Rodin's 'The Kiss' in an exhibition in Portsmouth almost thirty years ago.
Enjoyed this, thanks for posting.

Mike Brubaker said...

The Australian kiss looks too much like Darth Vader implanting the dark force!


you've certainly presented kissing in every possible angle. the last one is quite striking.

i read your other posts too, catching up finally!!

scanning problems? i had computer problems!! i can relate just how aggravating these things can be.

much enjoyed reading Lily's letter.