The Kiss, 1907–08

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The Kiss is considered the high point of the Klimt’s ‘Golden’ period and is arguably his most popular work. During this time, Klimt painted a number of works using oil paint and layers of gold leaf. Widely considered a masterpiece of early modernism, the original is now housed at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere Palace, Vienna. It is the epitome of Vienna Jugendstil – Viennese art nouveau.

Image Credit: Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria & Bridgeman Images

This work is part of a collection commemorating the centenary of the artist’s death.

View the full collection here.

Each work is printed using the highest quality inks and archival paper and inks, allowing for a life of more than 100 years if cared for properly.

Paper size

  • Large: 72cm x 72cm

  • Medium: 51cm x 51cm

  • Small: 36cm x 36cm

Paper quality

  • The high quality of the paper should ensure a life of more than 100 years if cared for properly.

  • A museum-quality, smooth cotton high white is used. It is 315gsm with 100% cottonlintersand a silky-smooth matte surface.

  • It is acid and lignin free with an excellent colour gamut.

  • The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high-quality fine art and photographic reproduction.

  • The term 'Giclée Print' (pronounced zhee-clay) refers to an elevation in printmaking technology.

  • Images are printed with archival-quality Ultrachrome pigment-based K3 inks onto canvas and smooth or textured fine art paper.

Frames

  • Box frames are sourced from sustainable plantation timber

  • Frame dimensions are 20mm face and 37mm depth

  • Available in Classic White, Matte Black, Tasmanian Oak & Dark Timber

  • 2mm clear acrylic with 80% UV protection rating

  • Artworks are mounted to acid-free foam core

  • Artworks are set to the rear of the frame with a 20mm space to the acrylic

Our printing partner

Vision Image Lab, our professional printing partner, also arranges framing and delivery. You can contact them directly with any delivery enquiries regarding this print.

Email: accounts@visionimagelab.com.au

Phone: (02) 9319 3300

Gustav Klimt was born in 1862 in Baumgarten, near Vienna, the second-born in a family of seven children. His mother had aspirations to be a musical performer, while his father was a gold engraver, and from an early age, Klimt and his two brothers shared their parents’ artistic leanings.

After studying at the Vienna School of Decorative Arts, Klimt in 1883 opened an independent studio with his brothers, specialising in the execution of mural paintings. His early work had a classical style that was typical of late-19th-century academic painting, as can be seen in his murals for the Vienna Burgtheater (1888) and on the staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

In 1897, as Klimt’s mature style emerged, he founded the Vienna Secession movement with a group of painters who espoused the highly decorative style in the manner of art nouveau. It became a platform for new and unconventional artists, from Vienna and beyond, and published a magazine to showcase its members’ work. It was at this time that Klimt painted three allegorical murals for the ceiling of the University of Vienna auditorium, but such was the backlash over the darkly erotic symbolism of his works, that ultimately they were rejected. His later murals, the Beethoven Frieze (1902) and those at Stoclet Palace in Brussels, feature his precise linear draughtsmanship and bold use of flat, decorative patterns of colour with overlays of gold leaf.

Klimt’s most successful paintings in this lustrous, highly decorative style include The Kiss and a series of portraits of fashionable Viennese women of the day, including Fritza Riedler and Adele Bloch-Bauer.

In contrast to his vivid, erotically charged and often controversial paintings, Klimt was modest and self-effacing, eschewing the public sphere to work on his intricate pieces and spending time with his family: “I have the gift of neither the spoken nor written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work,” he stated. “Whoever wants to know something about me – as an artist, the only notable thing – ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do.”

Klimt died on February 6, 1918.

During World War II, Adele Bloch-Bauer I and several of Klimt’s works belonging to the Bloch-Bauer family were seized by the Nazis and ended up in the collection of the Österreichische Gallery in Vienna. After a lengthy legal battle, in 2006 they were finally returned to the family. Later that year, Adele Bloch-Bauer I was sold to the Neue Galerie in New York for $135 million – a record price at the time.

 

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Location Delivery time Price
Australia-wide, standard delivery

Unframed: Up to two weeks

Framed: Up to four weeks

FREE
New Zealand Unframed only: Up to three weeks

1 x print $30

2 x prints $30

3 x prints $60

4 x prints $60

Plus $30 for every 1–2 prints thereafter

Rest of world Unframed only: Up to four weeks

1 x print $45

2 x prints $45

3 x prints $90

4 x prints $90

Plus $45 for every 1–2 prints thereafter

Paper size

  • Large: 72cm x 72cm

  • Medium: 51cm x 51cm

  • Small: 36cm x 36cm

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