Klimt: The Kiss, 1908

"The Kiss" is one of the most reproduced paintings of modern times. In it, Klimt combines abstract symbols on a two dimensional plane with his mastery of traditional portraiture.

The effect is lavish and quintessentially romantic.

The original version of "The Kiss" is 1.8 x 1.8 metres. In this smaller excerpt I have focused on the lovers.

Key to it's appeal lies is the artful combination of portraiture with decorative design and the use of gold leaf.

Note that this version uses faux gold leaf, you can commission the piece with real gold, and in any size.

Klimt: The Kiss, 1908
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
"The Kiss" 1907-08. 180 x 180 cm
Style: Vienna secession, Art Nouveau, Symbolist

According to google this is the third most popular painting in the world!

Before you attempt this painting you will want to be competent in portrait drawing, sketching shapes, and have completed a few "Paint a Masterwork" sessions.

A section of the pallete I used in reinterpreting "The Kiss".

My first interpretation of "The Kiss".
My first interpretation of "The Kiss". (section)

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)