For many, "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt is the symbol of love par excellence. On the oil painting, completed in 1908, man and woman present themselves as a completely united and united couple - a preferred and accordingly frequently repeated motif by the Austrian painter. As the work of the so-called Vienna Secession, "The Kiss" represents a typical variant of Art Nouveau, for which Gustav Klimt assumed the presidency. Almost logically, the picture remained in Austria's capital throughout his life. Today it is owned by the Belvedere Gallery. The motif later processed for "The Kiss" can already be found in the artist's "Beethoven Frieze" created in 1901 and in the painting of the Stoclet Palace in Brussels, which Gustav Klimt executed between 1905 and 1909. Both times the representation met with incomprehension - which also did not change due to the new edition as a painting. Critics like Adolf Loos even called the ornaments used in the works "crimes". They are a special feature of Gustav Klimt's work. He had come to know, appreciate and love them in the form of early Christian mosaics on a trip to Ravenna. In the picture "The Kiss", ornaments mark masculine and feminine stereotypes: while the man's robe is adorned with strict, angular shapes, the woman's dress is adorned with soft, floral motifs. The material underneath flows in abundance over the entire central part of the painting. Depending on its color, Gustav Klimt's Art Nouveau or Secession period is also referred to as the "golden phase" because the noble metal can be found on many of his works. "The Kiss" is the end of this creative period and at the same time represents a typical representative of erotic themes in art.
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