You may have heard of Gustav Klimt. Klimt is known as one of the most famous painters in the world. The art that he created was lavish, and they altered people’s views on human pleasure and sexual liberation. His art’s erotic and sexual subject matter made it so that his art pieces were seen as scandals in many cities, including his own city, Vienna. But when the century was almost over, change was starting to arrive for many things. In 1897, Klimt formed the Vienna Secession. He joined up with various progressive artists, like Koloman Moser. Klimt was the first president of the art movement, and he ignored the conservatism of Austria. He wanted the attention for creative thought’s contemporary modes. Around a decade after he formed his art movement, Klimt started work on his legacy’s symbol, The Kiss. Today, The Kiss is one of history’s most prominent paintings.
You have most likely seen the painting before. The art piece is of two lovers who are tightly tangled to each other as they kneel at the edge of a meadow that is blossoming with gold mounds surrounding them. It is a perfect capture of human pleasure all in a painting. Klimt managed to repair his tarnished reputation that made him doubt his art by creating this painting. The Kiss wasn’t as intensely erotic as Klamt’s other works, which is what he was scrutinised for having too much of in his work. But if it was more erotic, the reception may have been better. The painting has seen fame throughout the world, so that shows that it is an art piece that breaks through the barriers of time. It has been more than a hundred years since Klimt has died, so to honour the contributions he has made to art, this article will explain some of the backstories behind The Kiss.
The Painting Was Made At The End Of The Golden Phase Of Klimt
The most admired period of Klimt’s art was when he was using gold leaf in his work. The usage of gold leaf was first used by Klimt a year after the Vienna Secession was founded. He used gold leaf for the first time to top off his classical painting Pallas Athene, which he made in 1898.
Klimt’s most applauded period was defined by him using gold leaf. He applied it as golden touches on the subject’s armour. In 1902, when he did Beethoven Frieze, which was a take on the ninth symphony of the named composer, he went further with the gold leaf style. The peak of the gold leaf period was in 1907. While painting The Kiss, he was also painting The Stoclet Frieze and Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Byzantine mosaics directly influenced those two paintings.
The Painting Is One Of The First Modern Art Symbols
Klimt thought that truth was like a fire. If you told the truth, then according to him, you’d burn and glow. If you look at The Kiss, you’d be assured that Klimt wouldn’t shy away from being honest. It is thanks to paintings like The Kiss, the mixture of erotica and tenderness establish an unparalleled singular view on romanticism. The Kiss won’t be sold by the Belvedere Museum of Vienna any time soon. So if you want to see this magnificent painting, visit the museum yourself in Vienna. You should explore the city that pioneered the growth of modern art.