I realized that I had not yet done a blog post about these two pieces together. I painted "Paolo & Francesca" in 2020. The painting was inspired by the account in Dante's "Inferno" of two lovers that are struck down in their moment of passion. The theme was famously depicted by the sculptor Auguste Rodin which in turn inspired my own painted version.
"Paolo and Francesca," latex paint on canvas, 55 x 60", 2020, private collection, Victoria, Canada
Later in 2021, I decided to revisit the theme again, with a new pose. I was extremely happy with the results and both paintings happily found homes.
"The Kiss (after Rodin)," latex paint on canvas, 55 x 60", private collection, Aliso Viejo, CA