5 Famous Couples in the History of Art

5 Casais Famosos na História da Arte

Novels in Art History

The History of Art is full of novels, whether in his paintings or in real life with the union of the artists themselves. Passengers or eternal loves, art brought together several couples. These managed to inspire each other by making new creations flourish. What were the works you created? How did these relationships come about? Discover in this article five couples who have marked the History of Art for their creativity and joint dynamics.


Marina Abramovic and Ulay

Pioneers in performing art, ​​Marina Abramovic and Ulay, drew the line between life and art. Their bodies were the essential elements for his works that explored physical and mental limits in real situations of suffering. In the performance “ AAA-AAA ” (1978), the couple sat face-to-face as they screamed constantly in pitch until one of them passed out. The couple continued to live and work from 1976 to 1988, ending their relationship with the final artwork “ Lovers ” (1988), in which each of them began walking on opposite sides of the Great Wall of China, until they found themselves. if past 90 days. Other extremely well-known performances is “ Rest Energy ” (1980), Marina and Ulay each pulled one end of a bow, with Ulay holding an arrow aimed at Marina's heart, thus demonstrating the analogies of passion, tension, physical connection and resistance that a romantic relationship entails. After several decades apart, the artists meet in the performance " The Artist Is Present " (2010) at MoMA, in which the two shared a minute of silence.

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Marina Abramovic and Ulay

Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar had an intense relationship for nine years, while the painter remained married to Marie-Thérère Walter. The photographer documented Guernica's creative process and inspired the famous painting “ The Woman who Cryes ”. Dora's life was focused on Pablo Picasso, having accompanied him on several trips until the painter abandoned her by Françoise Gillot, in the late 1940s.

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Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar


Salvador Dalí and Gala

In 1929, Salvador Dalí met his eternal muse, Gala. When they met, in the surrealist artist's Cadaqués house, Elena Diakonova (Gala) was still married to Paul Eluard. The intense passion between the two led to Gala's divorce from Paul Eluard. Until the end of his days, Gala was the surrealist artist's companion and muse, supporting him in his work and in other extramarital affairs.

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Salvador Dalí and Gala


Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

The love of art and political and cultural beliefs united Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In 1929, they married and later held several exhibitions in the United States, meeting some of the greatest artists of that time, such as Picasso, Breton or Kandinsky. After Diego Rivera had an affair with his sister-in-law, the couple divorced. However, in 1940 they remarried and remained together until Frida Kahlo's death in 1954.


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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

Gilbert & George

Gilbert and George met in the 1960s at St Martin's School of Art. Since then, they have lived and worked together. Their works, inspired by the setting in the East End of Londonabord - where they live and work - question artistic conventions and social taboos. From street signs to Ginkgo trees, from chewing gum on the sidewalk to landscapes of urban decay, his works are a continuous portrait of our world, a reflection on the human condition and his beliefs about the purpose of art in our future. Gilbert & George continue to debate, through their works, fundamental questions of existence such as death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion.

All of these artworks that we are disturbing… we disturb the liberals inside the bigots and the bigots inside the liberals. ” - Gilbert

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Gilbert & George


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