About Rectangular Crystal Paperweight Gustav Klimt – The Kiss (1907-1908)
This beautiful hand-cut Paperweight Gustav Klimt features the Vienna secessionist artist’s iconic masterpiece “The Kiss”. This rectangular crystal paperweight includes a felted bottom for a sophisticated finish, and it comes in an elegant gift box. The Vienna Secessionist and symbolist artist Gustav Klimt (1863-1918), undoubtedly managed to capture in his works the Fin-de-siècle period’s flamboyance, while tempering it with unsettling undertones through his lavish use of gold-leaf. Currently, on display at Gallerie Belvedere in Vienna, Gustav Klimt’s work The Kiss, was made during his iconic “Gold Period” through his lavish use of gold leaf inspired in Byzantine religious artwork. The Kiss depicts a couple locked in an embrace, located in an indeterminate and ambiguous place and time. The viewer is only able to see of the embracing couple, segments of their bodies and virtually nothing of the man’s face so as to emphasize the engulfing nature of this intimate and passionate moment. Aside from the figures, the rest of the canvas dissolves into shimmering, extravagant yet flat patterning. Klimt’s ties with the art nouveau movement are reflected in the patterning of the figures, which in itself reflects the visual conflict between two and three-dimensionality associated with other modernist artists like Edgar Degas. In The Kiss, the patterning also signifies gender contrasts – rectangles for the man’s garment, circles for the woman’ s. Yet the patterning also unites the two lovers into a single formal entity underscoring their erotic union. More details on Rectangular Crystal Paperweight Gustav Klimt – The Kiss (1907-08):
- Dimensions: 4″L x 2.6″Wx 1″H Inches
- Weight: 1.04 lbs
- Materials: Hand-Cut Crystal, Felted bottom.
- Original Artwork: Klimt, Gustav (1862-1918). The Kiss. 1907-1908. Oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm. Österreichische Galerie im Belvedere.