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deux bonobos qui s'embrassent

Gwenn Seemel
The kiss (Bonobo)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

I loved remaking Gustav Klimt’s iconic image with bonobos, but this isn’t my favorite painting of two primates. This one is and the reason why is probably obvious. To learn more about the making of The kiss, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

And some girls have sex with girls and boys.

Among the bonobos, females dominate males socially. Reinforced by frequent mutual sexual stimulation, their same-sex bonds form the core of bonobo social organization. Males are not excluded from these affections; bonobos of both sexes engage in sexual encounters with males and females alike.