The Kiss 1907 by Gustav Klimt | Oil Painting Reproduction
75 cm
75
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The Kiss 1907
Artist: Gustav Klimt
Size: 75 x 75 cm (29.5 x 29.5")
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Gustav Klimt The Kiss

The Kiss is Gustav Klimt’s magnum opus. A masterpiece of the Austrian symbolist movement, he painted the work during 1907 and 1908. 

The Kiss is accepted as the most iconic oil painting which is instantly recognizable the world over.

Klimt embellished the oil-on-canvas painting with gold, silver and platinum leaf. Klimt loved adorning his works with precious metals, so much so, that scholars consequently referred to this time as his “Golden Period”.

First displayed in 1908 at the Kunstschau, Vienna, The Kiss was warmly received. This was in distinct opposition to the previous scandalized reaction to Klimt’s University of Vienna Ceiling paintings. Since destroyed, only fragments remain such as parts of the Medicine picture. At the time they were described as “perverted excess” but nonetheless engendered a certain fame and notoriety for the artist.

Gustav Klimt The Kiss Painting Analysis

Initially titled Liebespaar (the lovers), this Gustav Klimt artwork depicts two bodies in a tight embrace. The two-dimensional figures recline against a gold backdrop, supported by a flowery meadow. Intriguingly for a double portrait, the man’s face isn’t fully visible. Akin to other works such as The Kiss (1859) by Francesco Hayez (a possible inspiration for Klimt) this focuses the audience’s attention purely on the act of love itself.

Inspiration for Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss painting came from the leading artistic movements of the day. For instance, the decorative detailing on the clothing references the Art Nouveau movement. In addition, the floral meadow base uses organic forms reminiscent of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement.

The Kiss painting is one of Klimt’s most popular works. It epitomizes the opulent fin-de-siecle spirit captured by the Vienna Secession artists. Klimt’s decadent approach was further inspired by the gold-leaf of medieval manuscripts and the decorative floral tendrils seen in classical Greek and Roman art.

Romantic intimacy frequently featured in Gustav Klimt paintings, as well as the Art Nouveau movement as a whole. As a reaction against traditional academic art, Gustav Klimt Art Nouveau paintings featured natural, sinuous shapes, as well as dynamic whiplash lines and elongated figures. 

The Kiss was actually part of a wider exploration of similar themes by Klimt. Paintings such as Fulfillment (otherwise known as the Stoclet Frieze) play on similar designs and poses. Other artworks such as Hymn to Joy (1902) and Hope II (1907) similarly feature the recurring motif of elongated, highly decorated figures set against largely abstracted backdrops.

Critics believe the painting depicts Klimt himself, alongside his companion Emilie Flöge. Debates rage on the identity of the woman, however. Alternative interpretations suggest “Red Hilda” is more likely; a model who often sat for Klimt. Some argue the picture isn’t a direct representation of people, but instead shows the moment Apollo kisses Daphne in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. 

Others believe it depicts the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice (representing the exact moment when Orpheus turns around and loses his love forever). This last interpretation is supported by the woman’s passive posture and slight translucency, suggesting her ultimate disappearance.

The Kiss remains one of the most popular Gustav Klimt reproductions, inspiring generations of art lovers ever since its inception.

Where is Gustav Klimt the Kiss ?

 Today, the original painting hangs in the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in Vienna.

Klimt paintings are available as oil painting reproductions from our extensive catalogue of popular paintings.

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Please note that replica oil paintings are finished with an additional 10cm (4") of extra canvas on all sides, allowing ample surplus canvas for stretching and framing.

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