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“A Kiss That Embodies Love” Gustav Klimt’s “The
Kiss” has been close to my heart for the past
seven years. To me this artwork represents an
embodiment of true love because the image
represents what I consider to be traditional
romantic love. The male figure appears protective
of the woman, yet he also seems nurturing. The
female figure has the soft femininity of a
traditional woman, yet she appears to be an equal
contributor to the relationship as well as to the
painting; neither the man nor the woman
predominates. “The Kiss” conveys this to me
through the color and shape detail, the embrace of
the lovers, and it’s romantic theme. The colors
used in the image are not the traditional colors
of love.

Reds, purples, and pinks are replaced
with an abundance of golds, browns, and greens.
Many reproductions of “The Kiss” are colored with
a glimmery shine that captures and demands the
attention of the viewer. The rich fall colors
represent a harmony between the extremes of summer
and winter, as the painting is a balance between
the extremes of lust and hatred: true love. The
shapes Klimt chose to define the man and woman is
squares and circles. There is no distinction of
where the their bodies end and begin except where
the squares and circles meet. The squares
represent the masculinity of man with rigid and
exact form. Circles, in contrast, have the
femininity of a woman.

Circles, like most women’s
emotions, are full and continuous: constant yet an
ongoing cycle. The circles are also opposite of
the squares in relation to the faade of colors.
Klimt filled the squares with dominating blacks,
whites, and browns. The circles he filled with a
more colorful array of greens, golds, and reds.
The embrace and kiss between the lovers is gentle
and enchanting. However, there is a hint of
abstractness in the way the heads are bent to the
side in an unnatural fashion. The man’s face is
not as available as the woman’s. What the viewer
sees of the man’s face is only a defined jawline,
nose, and brow in profile.

The woman’s face is a
full frontal view capturing all of her features.
The man is cupping the woman’s face in his bulky
hands as one of her frail hands touches one of his
assuring that he remains holding her. After
researching Klimt, I discovered that the painting
was a portrait of himself and Danae, his true
love. This discovery reinforced my idea that “The
Kiss” represents a true love; whether the love
represents a “pure romantic” love or not remains
unknown. In any case, Klimt’s most well known
masterpiece is a mystical, alluring, and
intriguing piece. “The Kiss” leaves the viewer
open to relate his or her own personal view of
intimacy. Bibliography:.

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