Amor and Psyche, 1907
Oil on canvas
119.5 x 99 cm
on Apr 7, 2002:
I disagree, I think that this is a portrayal of an intimate moment
between a man and a woman, but it captures that hesitant moment
just before something happens. As the man leans in to kiss her
the expression on the woman's face is unsure if this is what she
wants. You could cut the tension in the piece with a knife. The
awkwardness of the silence seems deafening. The way the colour
runs down the painting shows how the mood of the moment washes
over both of them. This is real, a lot of the time these moments
are romanticized and exaggerated, but here is a real depiction
of how it is in real life. The slow and gentle tenderness as opposed
to the fast, heated passion. There is always that one second where
two lovers' eyes meet and just stare at each other before...
wrote on Jun 7, 2001:
Not since Renoir have I seen such passion in a painting. This
picture is'nt about the people or the story of Amor and Psyche.
It is all about that feeling one gets when they know they are
in love, strong but gentle, raw and ruggard, yet somehow innocent
and naive all at once. True love, anticipation and wisdom all
in one painting.
Bell wrote on May 17, 2001:
Man and Woman as one...
Man and woman come together as one in this shower of love, as
well as dark sensuality. Excellent!
on Apr 14, 2001:
What a beautiful
painting... There is so much life in this piece. He uses seemingly
unconventional color and technique to create the two lovers; they
are depicted in such an enormous variety of color, which run down
and across the lengths of their bodies, and gives them so much
life, and yet, the two figures are simply standing naked before
each other. It relays such a strong feeling of passion. This piece
is adorned with beauty and one of my favorite pieces by Munch.
und Warnemünde 1907-1908.