The Kiss, Gustav Klimt

Considering the era in which Gustav Klimt produced this painting, “The Kiss”, in which Vienna Austria was in quite trying times, this knowledge feeds new meaning to the painting. By using gold as the primary colour of the painting, Klimt illustrates a transcendence from the trials and tribulations the figures in the paintings must have been facing and uses the golden cloak to remove their presence and physicality from the painting.

The female figure in the picture for one is so lost in the kiss and this is evident in the positioning of her head, her shut eyes and the way she gently places her fingers on the male figure. While the male figure lunges with his neck stretched, his left arm around her neck and his right hand on her shoulder displaying his passion and unconcern for anything but The Kiss.

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