I will conclude February's Valentine's Day themed art selections with "Thus Perish The Memory Of Our Love" by American painter John George Brown.
Nothing lasts forever, though it's understandable why a young couple would etch their names together into a tree. This romantic gesture gives their newfound love a feeling of permanence, with nature bearing a document of their affection. It's a pity that when their love fizzles the document must also be striped away, in this case peeling off the bark which bears their names. It looks like this handsome birch as served this function several times before. I would say that the memory of her love hasn't perished--it's merely been replaced with an empty space, a space will be temporarily noticable through the next season until nature heals the injury.