Franz von Stuck
The Kiss of the Sphinx, 1895, oil on canvas
Szépmüészeti Mùzeum, Budapest, Hungary
The marble image came alive,
Began to moan and plead -
She drank my burning kisses up
With ravenous thirst and greed.
She drank the breath from out my breast,
She fed lust without pause;
She pressed me tight, and tore and rent
My body with her claws.
— Heinrich Heine
This painting, like Sin, caused a sensation in Munich. Reproductions of it were removed from the windows of art galleries on the orders of the police. The painting is a universal symbol of the passion that leads to downfall.
Top: Titian, “Pastoral Concert” (1509)
Middle: Manet, “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)” (1862-63)
Bottom: Jacquet, “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” (1964-65)