Duration: 1st February – 28th February 2021
Number of books: 10
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
February 2021 Monthly Scavenger Challenge | Romantic Paintings
Duration: February 1 – 28, 2021
Since February is a short month, choose any SIX of the paintings below to complete the challenge. You may choose the paintings before you start or choose as you go along. Of course, you’re welcome to do all of them!!
1. THE KISS by Gustav Klimt (1908)
An undeniable masterpiece from the Austrian’s “Golden Period,” the painting is at once both erotic and tender. Klimt was inspired by the style of Japanese mosaics and the universal appeal of romantic love. “The Kiss” is notable for its heavy use of gold foil.
❤ Read a book that takes place in Austria or Japan; tell us where OR read a book that has a gold object on its cover; post the cover.
2. THE BIRTH OF VENUS by Sandro Botticelli (1484-86)
Botticelli was commissioned to produce this work by the renowned Medici family. It portrays the goddess of love as an idealized standard of perfection and purity, standing on a giant scallop shell.
Read a book that features an artist who is a painter (real or fictional); tell us who OR read a book in which a main character gives birth; tell us who. – The Cad and the Co-Ed by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid (Eilish)
3. CHEZ LE PÉRE LATHUILLE by Édouard Manet (1879)
This restrained, everyday scene depicts a more modest expression of desire. But the couple’s passion is evident from their deep gazes and the position of their bodies. The model for the young man was the son of the cafe’s owner, and the young woman was modeled by two different people.
❤ Read a book that is co-written by two female authors; list author links for both females OR read a book that has at least one scene set in a cafe’ or bistro; tell us the establishment’s name. – The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
4. IN BED: THE KISS by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1892)
This post-Impressionist painting by Toulouse-Lautrec captures a moment of unadulterated passion between two women. It’s one of several images he painted of same-sex intimacy, as he documented the lives of workers in Parisian brothels.
❤ Read a book that takes place in Paris OR read a book with a character who is a prostitute / escort; tell us who.
5. FLAMING JUNE by Sir Frederic Leighton (1895)
Generally acknowledged to be Leighton’s masterpiece, the painting showcases his classical training and is heavy with Greek erotic imagery. Though the woman sleeps alone, the rich colors and flowing gown set a romantic tone.
❤ Read a book whose cover features a woman in a beautiful gown; post the cover
OR read a book in which the main character is a redhead; tell us who. – The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
6. DISCARDED ROSES by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1875)
Renoir was known for his approach toward depictions of feminine beauty, and this is clearly seen in this sensual still-life painting. Renoir painted roses in many of his works, using careful brushstrokes to capture the variation in the color of their petals.
❤ Read a book by an author or with a main character named ROSE (reasonable variations accepted – i.e. Rosie, Rosemarie) OR read a book with a picture of a rose or roses on its cover (roses only); post the cover.
7. THE GRAND CANAL OF VENICE (Blue Venice) by Édouard Manet (1875)
Venice is one of the world’s most romantic cities. In compelling shades of blue, Manet’s painting captures the dreamy feeling of floating down a canal in one of the city’s famed gondolas
❤ Read a book that takes place in Venice OR read a book with a primarily blue cover; post the cover.
8. PROMENADE NEAR ARGENTEUIL by Claude Monet (1873)
This Monet painting conveys innocence and longing. Notably devoid of any strong passion or eroticism, it evokes a nostalgia for days of modesty and certainty.
Read a book whose author’s first and last initials are in “ARGENTEUIL;” be sure to post the author link OR read a book with a character who seems modest and/or innocent; tell us who. – Matilda by Roald Dahl (Matilda)
9. THE FISHERMAN AND THE SYREN by Frederic Leighton (1856-58)
You don’t have to be an art critic to see the fire and passion that inspires this mythological painting. Though the lust may be short-lived: The mythical Sirens were said to lure sailors to their deaths.
❤ Read a book that features a Siren (aka Syren) or any other mythological creature; tell us who/what OR read a book in which a relationship is especially passionate; tell us the couple.
10. CUPID AND PSYCHE AS CHILDREN by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1890)
Known colloquially as “The First Kiss,” this painting depicts Cupid, the Greek god of love and affection, with Psyche, the goddess of the soul. The painting is an allegory of love triumphing over obstacles.
❤ Read a book that is a Young Adult Romance OR read a book with the word “LOVE” in its title; exact matches only.
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