Stolen Kiss 2
Painting - Oil On Panel
It is a cool rainy afternoon in an Old World alleyway of Europe -- Italy, perhaps. Warm lights emanate from the windows, casting their golden glow upon a young couple who only has eyes for one another.
There is a sense of mystery to the romance: the young woman appears to have just run from the doorway to the man. Standing on tiptoe in her stylish black high heels, she seems arrested in mid flight.
The man, face hidden behind fedora and red umbrella, has been standing there, waiting both impatiently and patiently. He looks upon the upturned face of the woman he loves as they prepare for an intimate and most delightful kiss. How fortuitous that they are alone, and there is no one to interrupt this sterling moment!
There is a sense of timeless vintage elegance to the image: the buildings, the stone steps of the street, the bicycle, the clothing of both the man and the woman, are nostalgic, bespeaking a time, not that long ago, when fashions were classic and classy; when loud and brash was not the vogue; when the latest high-tech electronic gadget was not the driving force behind people’s thoughts.
What is the story behind this couple? Who are they and why are they meeting in the alley this way?
Stolen Kiss 2, like many representational works of art, tells a story – and that story, while begun by the artist, is continued and embellished by the viewer. The romantic tale of the man, the woman, the umbrella and the kiss, is one that the viewer is invited to gently contemplate upon, to wonder about, to create, to add to, to change, to embellish.
Like the fashions of the figures, romance is timeless, stylish, classic, classy, and inviting. Step into the world of Stolen Kiss 2 and be there, just be there . . .
(Stolen Kiss 2 is a horizontal version of the original oil painting, Stolen Kiss. Prints for both original paintings are available on this site, by artist Steve Henderson.)
Featured on 27 Fine Art America groups.
Chosen as Best of the Best for the Fine Art America group, Wisconsin Flowers and Scenery -- February 2021
May 8th, 2020
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