Do you hear about Valentine’s Day and are reminded ‘oh yes, we’re in love’? Try out our tour of artworks to see at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, where the ups and downs of being in duo are laid bare
1. The Village Holiday 1809-11, Sir David Wilkie. Room: 1810 at Tate Britain
Outside a pub, a man can’t decide between going home to his wife or staying to drink with his friends. Oh, how things have changed.
2. Woman’s Mission: Companion of Manhood 1863, George Elgar Hicks. Room: 1840 at Tate Britain
Upon news of death, a woman comforts her husband in his grief.
3. The First Cloud 1887, Sir William Quiller Orchardson. Room: 1840 at Tate Britain
You’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt and now wear it to do DIY. Arguments happen.
4. Three Forms 1935, Dame Barbara Hepworth. Room: 1930 at Tate Britain
When two become three.
5. Jacob and the Angel 1940-1, Sir Jacob Epstein. Room: 1940 at Tate Britain
In a blessing for facing a struggle, an angel supports Jacob. It’s nice to know when someone’s got your back.
6. Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-1, David Hockney. Room: 1960 at Tate Britain
‘Mr and Mrs Clark’ are the British fashion designers Ozzie Clark and Celia Birtwell. When Ozzie and Celia married in 1969, Hockney was their best man.
7. Cadeau 1921, editioned replica 1972, Man Ray. Room: Surrealism and Beyond (Room 2) at Tate Modern
Sometimes, domesticity can get a bit much.
8. Self-Portrait 1927, Christian Schad. Room: Realisms (Room 10) at Tate Modern
Heavy symbolism means things are anything but plain sailing here.
9. Prose Poems 1959-60, Daniel Spoerri. Room: Elements of Chance (Room 4) at Tate Modern
The aftermath of the last romantic meal at home you had together.
10. Nude Woman with Necklace 1968, Pablo Picasso. Room: The Reclining Nude (Room 7) at Tate Modern
Picasso said ‘It’s all there, I try to do a nude as it is.’ Intimacy means seening it all.