In addition, Golden elements also standing with religious representations relating think only of the Golden halos or at the often enough Bangle worn out garments designed by Maria. That Gustav Klimt makes use for his picture of the Kiss (and other paintings of this time) so lavishly by the gold, is the couple in a unique context. Love is drawn almost inflated by the gold. At the same time, she is very plastic. Because the woman kneels before the man who bends down to her. The female devotion and the action of the man represent the prevailing at the time point of view of gender. That also comes in the clothes of both expressed: the dress of the woman is floral, while the man into a kind of cloak is covered, which is composed of many rectangular elements. Klimt has combined these contrasts to a harmonic whole.
The intimate love is however threatened, because the couple is close to an abyss. And everything is overshadowed by the shining gold, the scene almost a little banked. Gustav Klimt his artistic development showed up at Klimt the special artistic talent early on. Rather than learning the profession of his father, a gold engraver, he received a scholarship and studied at a Vienna School of Arts and crafts. A little later he made pictures for walls and ceilings in public buildings, which were also awarded, and 1891 joined the Vienna Kunstlerhaus. Just six years later he ended his membership because he was not in agreement with the rigid, prescribed throughout the historicist views of art. So it was only logical that he is at the forefront of the Vienna secession (= secession) belonged, as the Art Nouveau in Austria was named. There he remained did not last long: his membership in the Vienna secession in 1905 he finished his painter colleagues an overly naturalistic style of painting had accused him.
This style is however, who took the ultimately famous Gustav Klimt, but with certain restrictions. Because Klimt may legally called a painter will the combination of nature and idealistic representation succeeded masterfully. A certain exaggeration adheres even his wife images, which appear very faithfully, which may have remained unknown to his colleagues. Specifically, the female portraits radiate a tremendously erotic flair, which shows itself also in his other images.