Gustav Klimt is the one who created an artwork called The Kiss. This is a love scene representing the tenderness of two people embracing. The love artwork is now in Vienna, in the Belvedere Museum. It causes many emotions and presents an erotic scene that is at the same time mythical. Artsper shows you the details and the meaning of the marvelous work.
The “Medicine” work by Klimt was destroyed by the Nazis during WWII. There are other destroyed artworks of the author, which include Philosophy and Jurisprudence.
The Kiss is one of Klimt’s abstract canvas paintings created in artistic panic. At that moment, Klimt lost his reputation. The reason was his other paintings called Philosophy, Medicine, and Jurisprudence. In addition, society recognized his paintings as vulgar and pornographic. This period of his life also made him leave the Vienna Secession. It was a community that fought against conservative values in art. Klimt was the president there.
The Vienna Secession created prevocational artworks with erotic and sexual elements. Their main themes were erotic, showing people who kiss, embrace, and touch each other. Klimt had misunderstandings with the community and was forced to leave it. Despite this, he is still associated with the community. He represents it together with Egon Schiele. Klimt decided to show his work to society. So, he arranged The Kunstschau exhibition where he presented it. The event was received with fierce criticism and ended in a financial disaster. The work was highly criticized but became much more popular.
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (1908-1909)