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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss (Lovers) by Gustav Klimt is the most famous Austrian painting and the highlight of the permanent collection at the Upper Belvedere. It shows a couple swathed in richly embellished robes embracing in a meadow of flowers on the brink of a precipice. The painting dates from 1907/08 at the height of Klimt’s “Golden Period” when the artist developed a new technique of combining gold leaf with oils and bronze paint.

In this early-twentieth-work Klimt was making a general allegorical statement about love being at the heart of human existence. The fact that the painting still retains its immediacy and emotional impact is a testimony to the artist’s extraordinary achievement. The lovers’ garments are adorned with gold leaf and the background, too, is suffused with delicate gold, silver, and even platinum flakes. The Austrian state purchased the Kiss for the recently founded Moderne Galerie, which was housed at the Lower Belvedere, from its first exhibition in 1908. The painting has been in the Belvedere’s collections ever since. 

Tickets

Regular
Regular
€ 16,00
Seniors over 65
Seniors over 65
€ 13,50
Students under 26
Students under 26
€ 13,50
Children and youth under 19
Children and youth under 19
€ 0,00
Visitors with a valid Vienna City Card
Visitors with a valid Vienna City Card
€ 14,50
Visitors with a Disability Card / Assistance
Visitors with a Disability Card / Assistance
€ 3,00

Upper Belvedere

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Upper Belvedere
Prinz Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Vienna
Austria

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