Sepia Saturday: The Kiss


The Kiss : 1931 Film Publicity Shot (Sepia Saturday 543 Header)

As always, I’m late for this week’s Sepia Saturday but how could I resist this topic?

Many decades ago, when I was first at uni and met Mr Cassmob, we both had a “thing” for Rodin’s sculpture “The Kiss”. The sculpture, in various modes, has been reproduced many times and I think the first time we saw it was the Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen over 40 years ago.

A recent photo taken outside the Forgan Smith Building at the University of Queensland with a seat where a few kisses may have once been exchanged 🙂

For some reason, which now seems quite strange, we were also enamoured by a movie called “Elvira Madigan”. It was something of a Romeo and Juliet movie – bitter-sweet – but I think it was the country and the music that drew us in. So much so, that we used the theme music, Mozart’s 21st, as my wedding entry music – thereby reducing my mother-in-law to rare tears.

I have no recollection of the priest at our wedding ceremony telling Mr Cassmob he could “kiss the bride” and he may not have given how strict he was about everything else. However we have a lovely pre-departure professional photo which I’m not planning to share with you 😉 This one, taken just as we left the church, is one of my absolute favourites for the day.

The happy couple – how young we were.

 

More recently we visited the Rodin Museum in Paris and saw a range of Rodin’s sculptures including “The Kiss”. It is such an evocative art work and captures the physicality of a passionate kiss. Of course there were so many other examples of Rodin’s artistry and we spent an amazing time there.

The Kiss by Rodin at the Rodin Museum, Paris. Taken P Cass 2014

In this year of coronavirus quarantine, I think the absence of kisses and hugs from friends has made us truly aware of how important this physical communication is to each of us. A kiss, and perhaps even more, a hug, offer affection as well as physical and emotional connection.

From somewhere in my memory I dredged this image of a familial kiss of affection taken 40 years ago. Even more amazing, I found it to share!

A family kiss 1980.

I’ll leave you with a poem that reflects the ways in which human love transcends a kiss. This was shared by my friend Cathie of Ancestor Discovery at GSQ’s Irish seminar on Saturday and managed to reduced the listeners to silent heartache…”Of the toxins of a whole history“. Please do visit the link – but perhaps find a hanky first.

Quarantine by Eavan Boland 

Thanks Cathie, for bringing this evocative poem to my awareness.

After you’ve dried your tears why not head back to Sepia Saturday to see how other’s kisses turned out.


15 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday: The Kiss

  1. Love that photo of you two…
    Couldn’t agree more. We all need physical communication… the hardest part of dealing with this pandemic is not being able to hug family and friends, or even meet as we used to.
    We’ll have a lot of catching up to do when we can…

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  2. Dear cassmob, thank you for this lovely story covering more than 50 years, and for the beautiful photos of two of my favourite people. And lord, we weren’t just young, we were skinny!

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  3. As usual your posts don’t disappoint. I have a confession to make – I have lurked here reading your terrific posts for years as I have Clare ancestors too. Thank you too for sharing the wonderful poem by Eavan Boland. I’m glad you and others found it to be as sad and touching as I did.

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    1. Oh no, a lurker 😉 I’m very pleased to hear that you’ve enjoyed the posts over time Cathie. In this context the poem spoke to me of how love reveals itself in very practical, and ultimately tragic, ways.

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  4. Great story. Seeing The Kiss and The Thinker at Rodin’s house museum was such a thrilling moment for me. Fabulous place. I always tell people to add that to the places to visit in Paris along with Sainte Chapelle.

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