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Reproductions | The Kiss (Bacio), 1907 by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918, Austria) | WahooArt.com

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 Reproductions | The Kiss (Bacio), 1907 by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918, Austria) | WahooArt.com
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"The Kiss (Bacio)"

Gustav Klimt - Oil - 180 x 180 cm - 1907 - (Österreichische Galerie Belvedere (Vienna, Austria))

Gustav Klimt was a Symbolist painter from Austria who painted “The Kiss” (“Der Kuss” in German) from 1907 to 1908 and is considered a magnificent work from his so-called "Golden Period", when a number of his works, similarly, contained a gilded style. The canvas is in the shape of a perfect square and it demonstrates a couple locked in embrace as they’re elaborately dressed in robes. The decorations reflect influences from the Art Nouveau methods and the linear constructs that came with it. The Earlier Arts and Crafts movement also found its place here. The work is composed of oil paint with applied layers of gold leaf, an aspect that gives it a strikingly modern, yet evocative appearance. The painting is now in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, and is widely considered a masterpiece of the early modern period. It is a symbol of Vienna Jugendstil—Viennese Art Nouveau—and is considered Klimt's most popular work.

It was painted soon after his three-part Vienna Ceiling series. This series had recast the artist as an enfant terrible for his anti-authoritarian and anti-popularist views on art. By contrast, The Kiss was enthusiastically received, and immediately found a buyer.

Paintings such as 'The Kiss' were visual manifestations of the 'fin-de-siecle' spirit because they capture a decadence conveyed by opulent and sensuous images. The use of gold leaf recalls medieval "gold-ground" paintings and illuminated manuscripts. The spiral patterns on their clothes recall Bronze Age Art.
It is thought that Klimt and his companion Emilie Flöge modeled for the work, but there is no evidence or record to prove this. Others suggest the female was a model who was popularly known as 'Red Hilda'. Klimt's use of gold was inspired by a trip he had made to Italy in 1903.



 
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