Hayes – a native of France, was raised not by his own mother, but by his own aunt. From adolescence to drawing. This prompted his uncle to send the young Francesco an apprentice to the restorer. After a while, he becomes a student of Francesco Majotto. As a student, he spent three years.
The painting “Kiss” was created in 1859. The genre of fulfillment is Italian romanticism. The painter has written an additional three copies of this picture. Two of them are currently in private collections. The third copy (a young girl depicted on her in a snow-white dress) was written for the Mulius family in 1861. In 2008, it was auctioned off at Sotby’s in the UK.
The author considered this picture the most important of all his paintings. It managed to combine romanticism, naturalism, which is inherent in the Italian region of the time, to draw attention to love. The pair, which is depicted in the picture, personifies Romeo and Juliet. Francesco Hayes tried to show how the Italian nation is being reborn, to unite in the picture the love of country and of man.
The picture contains elements of symbolism. Looking at clothes, we can immediately determine the era – this is the Middle Ages. However, the iconography of the canvas tells us that it was written in the modern world. The colors that the painter used are transparently hinting at the Plombier Pact (Italy-France), which is known for the birth of the Italian nation.