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After the Kiss

After the Kiss

Anna Cullen Kitimat, BC


Free pickup is available from our Vancouver Gallery, or shipping can be provided for additional cost.
We also offer an installment payment program and art installation services: contact us for more details.
About the Artwork

A cheeky sequel to Gustav Klimt’s infamous portrait, “After the Kiss” (2023) is a self-portrait capturing an intimate moment of new motherhood. Even though it is a wonderful and natural part of the human experience, breastfeeding is rarely represented in visual arts. In this piece, I wanted to showcase the tender strength of the naked female form without a sexualized lens.

Regarded as one of the most beautiful paintings today, Klimt’s “The Kiss” was considered pornographic by many when it was first revealed in 1908. A nod to this moment in art history, “After the Kiss” also illustrates a contemporary taboo. Like a public embrace one hundred years ago, new mothers are often subject to the passive cultural shame of publicly breastfeeding their babies. They are marketed trendy nursing covers to ‘cover up,’ and granted permission by decals in coffeeshop windows to breastfeed there. It’s time to bring the beauty of breastfeeding our babies into the light, onto the canvas, and normalize it in popular culture.

Technique:Acrylic on Canvas
Details & Dimensions
Edition:Original, one of a kind artwork
Unframed Size:20in x 16in
Frame:Not framed
Weight:2.3lbs (estimated)
Shipping & Purchase
Free pickup is available from our Vancouver Gallery, or shipping can be provided for additional cost.
Standard shipping is via Canada Post ground. Typically, packages sent within Canada are received in 5-12 days. For expedited shipping, please contact us for a quote.
A payment program is available with three equal installments- we can work together to support artists and your budget! Contact us for details.

Anna Cullen

Kitimat, British Columbia

I’m Anna Cullen and I am a mom, teacher, and hobby artist. I generally like to work with acrylic, but also work with watercolour, pencil crayon, digital art, linocut printing, and mixed media. Please feel welcome to reach out via email contact on my website ( or social media (

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