where is klimt the kiss
Romantic, delicate, precious, the painting is one of Gustav Klimt’s masterpieces.
Painted between 1907 and 1908, it portrays the essence of love, and in this post I’ll explain where you can admire The Kiss by Klimtand what it exactly portrays.
To visit the museum I suggest you book your ticket using the link – Skip the line at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna
“The Kiss” is Klimt’s artistic response to the Byzantine mosaics at Ravenna, Italy, which so profoundly affected him. When re-assessing The Kiss for Klimt’s 150th birthday, journalist Adrian Brijbassi wrote, “The Kiss by Gustav Klimt surpasses expectations,” unlike that tiny and underwhelming Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. After throwing shade on the more famous painting, Brijbassi explained, “[The Kiss] does what a great piece of art is supposed to do: Hold your gaze, make you admire its aesthetic qualities while trying to discern what’s beyond its superficial aspects.”
6. “The Kiss” is the final painting of Klimt’s Gold Period, during which he incorporated gold leaf into his works. This practice reflects the strong influence of the gold-detailed religious art of the Middle Ages as well as the sacred works created by artists of the Byzantine Empire. As a result, some considered such paintings as “The Kiss” to be sacrilegious.
- Klimt’s most popular work, painted in 1907-1908
- On permanent display at the Upper Belvedere Palace
- Belvedere opens daily but is hugely popular, so book a time slot or go early
- See also: Dürer’s Young Hare
Incidentally, don’t leave Upper Belvedere without taking a look around the wider exhibition.
The Kiss, however, was enthusiastically received, and was purchased, still unfinished, by the Austrian government when it was put on public exhibition. 
Klimt’s use of gold was inspired by a trip he had made to Italy in 1903. When he visited Ravenna he saw the Byzantine mosaics in the Church of San Vitale. For Klimt, the flatness of the mosaics and their lack of perspective and depth only enhanced their golden brilliance, and he started to make unprecedented use of gold and silver leaf in his own work. 
The man and woman are the only figures in this artwork where they are shown giving into their desires, completely untouched by time or reality. Initially, the man appears to dominate the woman due to his size, but the woman’s foot is exposed under the embellishment suggesting that she is kneeling down. Therefore, if she were standing, she would actually be larger than her male companion, and in turn dominate him. This embrace could be seen as a self-portrait, where the lovers are symbolic of the artist and his long-term partner, Emilie Flöge. However, the female figure could also be another of Klimt’s many muses or romantic conquests. As Klimt painted relentlessly, he also loved women relentlessly, and had many lovers over his lifetime.
Like many of Klimt’s works that depict embraces, The Kiss conceals the man’s face and focuses instead on that of the woman. In this work, the young woman’s facial expression and closed eyes simultaneously evoke feelings of abandonment, ecstasy and delight. Although the position of the man who embraces her may appear intrusive, the way his hands gently hold her face evoke feelings of tenderness and warmth. The lovers appear in an unbreakable embrace, yet despite the fact they are intertwined on a flowerbed they are also on the edge of an abyss, threatening to disappear forever.