Friday, August 15, 2014

Kley's Pastoral Kiss

I always thought that most of Heinrich Kley’s nudes have an innocence about them, sort of like Freddie Moore girls. There might be a light sensual quality in some of his illustrations, but Kley stayed away from showing truly sexual content. 
This image is very different. 
The woman is drawn delicately with a pale skin tone. By contrast her lover -a centaur- is depicted with bold ink lines. This passionate embrace represents the only Kley sketch I would call erotic.
There are parts of the composition like the shapes of the trees that support symbolically the nature of the theme. 
When I saw this piece for the first time, I was startled to see how far Kley went in drawing this intimate, amorous moment of fantasy.

Compare this illustration to to Kley’s “Centaur Family Portrait” from an earlier post:


  1. It really reminds me of the animated sequence in Fantasia of the centaur love scene. It's truly a magnificent artwork piece. I realize you and your animators who worked on the classic animated film Aladdin are sadden by the loss of Robin Williams. I just want to say that Aladdin was my favorite movie that Ron Clements and John Musker made at the studios and I wish to give my condolences to Eric Goldberg. I know that this week hasn't been easy for you guys to lose such a talented man. I am curious though when you were working on Jafar in the production did you end up meeting Robin at the studios?