Rose Cecil O'Neill was an American illustrator, artist, and writer who created the popular comic characters, Kewpies. In 1912 a German porcelain manufacturer started making Kewpie dolls. As an extremely popular illustrator, O’Neill was paid top dollar for her work.
Thomas Hart Benton said that Rose was the world’s greatest illustrator. In “The Kiss” we get to see how good of an artist she really was.
Nothing is more articulate than a kiss, yet at the same time incoherent; it can be a sort of tender curiosity, or it can be like playing Russian roulette and you finally got the cylinder with the bullet in it.