Klimt “The Kiss”

Today I would like to tell you about my Klimt inspired pendant ” The Kiss”.

Like a lot of people, I love the artwork of Gustav Klimt.
Eventually I started to produce little homages to his pieces, like this pendant:”The Kiss,” one of his most resplendent, is featured here on mother of pearl.

I painted it by hand using colors and gold leaf. Once dry,the pendant was coated with several layers of sparkling clear sealer for added protection,durability and a high gloss shine.Pendant is waterproof.

The Kiss (original Der Kuss) was painted by Gustav Klimt, and is probably his most famous work. He began work on it in 1907 and it is the highpoint of his so-called ‘Golden Period’. It depicts a couple, in various shades of gold and symbols, sharing a kiss against a bronze background.

The man is wearing neutral colored rectangles and a crown of vines; the woman wears brightly colored tangent circles and flowers in her hair. The couple’s embrace is enveloped by a veil of concentric circles. Similarly juxtaposed couples appear in both Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze and Stoclet Frieze.

The space surrounding the couple in the painting dissolves into shimmering, extravagant flat patterning. This patterning has clear ties to Art Nouveau and to the Arts and Crafts movement and also evokes the conflict between two- and three-dimensionality intrinsic to the work of Degas and other modernists. Paintings such as The Kiss were visual manifestations of fin-de-siecle spirit because they capture a decadence conveyed by opulent and sensuous images.

The Kiss is a discreet expression of Klimt’s emphasis on eroticism and the liberation therein. The Kiss falls in line with Klimt’s exploration of fulfillment and the redeeming, transformative power of love and art. The Kiss deviates from Klimt’s frequent portrayal of woman as the lascivious femme fatale.

Gustav Klimt and “The Kiss” were selected as the main motif for a collectors’ coin, the 100 euro gold The Painting coin issued on 5 November 2003. The obverse depicts Klimt in his studio with two unfinished masterpieces on easels, while the reverse shows “Der Kuss” (The Kiss).


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