Kiss a Ginger Day

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It’s Kiss a Ginger day and we’re kicking off the day by celebrating redheads in art history. Like this painting of two lovers in Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss in the Austrian Gallery at Belvedere, appreciation of ginger beauties and their glorious red locks can be spotted throughout Art History. Here are the most glamorous redheads of art history.


  1. Starting off the list of famous redheads in Art History is Bottecelli’s redhead that is the literal embodiment of beauty as the goddess Venus.

Birth of Venus by Sandro Boticelli at the  Uffizi Gallery

  1. The next babe with flaming tresses and the sheer outfit to match is Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June. The model for this painting was probably Dorothy Dene or Mary Lloyd, either way she is living her best life getting paid to sleep on the job.

Flaming June by Frederic Leighton at the  Art Museum of Ponce

  1. Number 3 on our list is the artist Van Gogh himself in a selfie with reddish orange hair highlighted against the blue-green background. The man knew his complimentary colors.

Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh at the  Musée d’Orsay

  1. Our next ginger vixen is depicted raising a toast to her lover off to war. Or perhaps it’s a cheers to the haters slandering gingers. 

The Loving Cup by Dante Gabriel Rosetti at the National Museum of Western Art

  1. Causing quite the controversy during her debut is Sargent’s Madame X. Originally featured with a fallen strap, critics were so harsh about that bare shoulder that Sargent was forced to go into hiding.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  1. Next up is Louise Webber in Toulouse-Lautrec’s The Glutton at the Moulin Rouge. Known for her wild moves and sometimes transparent outfits, fierce is an understatement when describing this woman.

The Glutton at the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at the Museum of Modern Art

  1. Egon Schiele, Klimt’s protégé, dated so many redheads that we’re not sure which one is depicted here in this painting.

Seated Woman with Bent Knee by Egon Schiele at the  National Gallery in Prague

  1. Number 8 features contemporary artist Thomas Darsney’s redhead in Tapestry.

Tapestry by Thomas Darsney in a Private Collection via Artsy

  1. Modigliani painted an inquisitive figure in his Young Man with Red Hair. Turns out it’s much harder to find men with red hair in art history than female redheads.

Young Man with Red Hair by Amedeo Modigliani at the Tate

  1. Last but not least is Francesco Bacchiacca’s Sibyl with the not-so-subtle nip slip. Apparently Sibyl is also a fan of the transparent clothing making her third on our list of Art History redheads who love sheer clothing.

Sibyl by Francesco Bacchiacca at the  Museum of Art History Vienna