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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt Named Most Romantic Oil Painting for Valentine’s Day

The most Romantic Art - Gustav Klimt the Kiss Oil PaintingThe online art gallery overstockArt.com, published today its official Top 10 list of most romantic oil paintings for Valentine’s Day 2012. Topping the chart for the second year in a row is Gustav Klimt’s sensual masterpiece “The Kiss.” Other artists named on the 2012 Valentine’s Day Top 10 Romantic Oil Paintings list include Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Paul Gauguin, Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The Top 10 Romantic Oil Paintings according to overstockArt.com’s statistics are:

  1. “The Kiss,” Gustav Klimt
  2. “Hand with Bouquet,” Pablo Picasso
  3. “Summer Evening,” Edward Hopper
  4. “The Equestrian,” Marc Chagall
  5. “When Will you Marry?,” Paul Gauguin
  6. “Dance in the City,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  7. “Two Women Running on the Beach,” Pablo Picasso
  8. “Boating on the Seine,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  9. “Fulfillment (The Embrace),” Gustav Klimt
  10. “The Meditative Rose,” Salvador Dali

More than 3,700,000 page views to overstockArt.com’s Romantic Art Gallery in the past year were tracked. According to the click tracking, “The Kiss,” was the most sought after painting clicked at nearly seven percent, and Pablo Picasso’s “Hand with Bouquet” came in second, garnering five percent of the clicks to grab.

Klimt The Kiss Oil Painting (Full View)Created during Klimt’s “Golden Period,” “The Kiss” is renowned because of its tender representation of two lovers intertwined into one being, symbolizing the strength of this bond. The opulent and sensuous images in the painting create a sense of decadence, which modern art lovers appreciate to this day. “The Kiss” has topped not only the Top 10 Romantic Oil Paintings for two consecutive years, but has been one of the top four paintings in overstockArt.com’s annual Top 10 Oil Paintings list for the past six years.

“Every February we see a large spike in the traffic visiting our Romantic Art Gallery. Last year, the two weeks leading to Valentine’s Day brought 50 percent of all annual traffic to the gallery,” said David Sasson, founder and president of overstockArt.com. “Valentine’s Day brings out the romantic in all of us and with sensuous paintings like ‘The Kiss’ and tender images such as ‘Hand with Bouquet’ – it’s easy to find a fine art piece that your loved one will treasure for a lifetime!”

Amitai Sasson

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Amitai Sasson of overstockArt.com is an art world traveler on a mission to seek out the beauty and passion of the art world. As an avid enthusiast of art and oil paintings, he contributes to ArtCorner.com as Chief editor and writer.