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Our Artists in Love

As February is arriving and Valentines Day is just around the corner, we thought it’d be nice to appreciate the love of our artists from our collection.

A work from Modern Originals is sure to bring great joy to your special person this Valentine's day. Have a look through our catalogue to find something that reflects the person you love. Scroll down to see our special Valentine's offer...

Georges Braque and Marcelle Lapré

Pablo Picasso introduced Braque to the beautiful model, Marcelle Lapré. They soon fell for each other and married in 1912. They lived together in the small town of Sorgues in South Eastern France and were together for the rest of their lives.

Alexander Calder and Louisa James

While travelling by boat from Paris to New York, in June 1929, Calder met his future wife for the first time. Louisa James, great-neice of author Henry James and philosopher William James. DUirng their voyage they spent a lot of time together, rapidly developing a relationship through playing deck tennis and watching the flying fish from the bow. ∫y the time they disembarked in New York the two were a couple. She adored his energy and humour while he fell in love with her cool, contemplative spirit. They married in 1931 and enjoyed a lifetime together.

Marc Chagall and Bella Rosenfeld

Marc Chagall and Bella Rosenfeld fell for each other in 1909, drawn by a seemingly magnetic force. The strength in their bond lay in the fact they shared a particular way of seeing the world.

Rosenfeld, who was a talented writer, wrote of their first meeting, “When you did catch a glimpse of his eyes, they were as blue as if they’d fallen straight out of the sky. They were strange eyes … long, almond-shaped … and each seemed to sail along by itself, like a little boat.”. She was fascinated by him – a feeling that thousands would feel later as his work took the art world by storm.

Rosenfeld soon became Chagall’s muse. Famously depicted himself and bella flying together through dream-like scapes, as if their joy together defied reality and had such physical force that the laws of gravity could not apply. Tragically, Bella died of a throat infection in 1944, leaving Chagall and their daughter Ida. Chagall later remarried and lived until 1985.

Alberto Giacometti and Annette Arm

In 1946, while seeking refuge in Switzerland from the Second World War, Giacommetti met Annette arm, who at the time was a secretary for the red cross. After falling deeply in love, they married in 1949. After their marriage, Giacometi’s work shifted. His tiny scultures became larger while getting thinner at the same time. He frequently used Annette as his Muse and she remauded his main female model for the rest of his life. They lived to the end in a plaster-spattered Montparnasse studio that another friend, Jean Genet, described as “a milky swamp, a seething dump, a genuine ditch.”

Wilfredo Lam and Eva Priz

Though it is difficult to find details of their relationship, we know the tragic fact that two years after their marriage in 1929, Wilfredo Lam’s wife, Eva Piriz and their young son died after contracting tuberculosis. It is likely that this personal tragedy contributed to the darkly emotive nature of this work.

Joan Miró and Pilar Juncosa

The two swiftly married in 1929 and had their daughter Maria Dolors Miró within a year. During their 50 year long marriage, Pilar had a considerable influence on the artist. Miró’s own words: “My wife Pilar is the ideal companion for me. Without her, I would be an orphan lost in this world. Other than my work, I have no idea of anything or how to organise things. She is my guardian angel.”

They were an incredibly stable and closely united couple which helped to ensure a lengthy, balanced and happy relationship.

Feeling the love?

Shop now for the perfect gift for your someone special this valentines day.

We will give you a complimentary box of locally sourced artisan chocolates to make it extra lovely. Use code 'VALENTINE' at the checkout.

Offer stands until February 14th.

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