Saturday, June 21, 2014

His Kiss Gold Leaf Oil Painting Inspired by The Kiss by Gustav Klimt by k Madison Moore

His Kiss
Inspired by The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

Painting with The Masters
Gold Leaf Series
24 x 24 Gold Leaf Oil Painting on Canvas


This is something that I have been wanting to do for a long
time. Although this painting was inspired by The Kiss by Klimt. It 
is a close up of the upper bodies and not of the full Klimt painting.
I changed all of the symbols, colors and almost everything else as to 
how I wanted to see it. I have painted  many inspirations from 
The Kiss as it is my very favorite of his works.

Working in Gold Leaf is a challenge but very interesting and fun.
I look forward to adding more to this series.

I have posted this piece on an angle so you can see how the light
reflects the gold leaf in the composition. 
The cape is gold leaf as well and some of the geometric blocks
 in his robe. I used gold leaf powder for the stars in the background 
and parts of the flowers in her dress. So hard to see in a photo. 
Really happy with the way it came together.


His Kiss!

The Kiss (Lovers) was painted by the Austrian  Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1908 and 1909, the highpoint of his "Golden Period", when he painted a number of works in a similar gilded style. A perfect square, the canvas depicts a couple embracing, their bodies entwined in elaborate robes decorated in a style influenced by both linear constructs of the contemporary  Art Nouveau style and the organic forms of the earlier  Arts and Crafts movement. The work is composed of oil paint with applied layers of  gold leaf, an aspect that gives it its strikingly modern, yet evocative appearance.

The use of gold leaf recalls medieval "gold-ground" paintings and illuminated manuscripts, and earlier  mosaics and the spiral patterns in the clothes recall  Bronze Age art and the decorative tendrils seen in Western art since before classical times. The man's head ends very close to the top of the canvas, a departure from traditional Western canons that reflects the  influence of Japanese prints, as does the very simplified composition.

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