The Kiss by Gustav Klimt: Great Art Explained

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Great art explained. James Payne discusses ’The Kiss’.

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By the end of the 19th century, Vienna, an uptight, stuffy and conservative city, was changing.

A group of artists, architects, musicians and social scientists, were experimenting in ways that would transform their individual fields.
On the one hand, Vienna was the traditional city of academic art, Johann Strauss, and the Hapsburg empire, but on the other, it was the home of radical artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele who were shocking audiences with explorations of sexual themes.
Architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos were challenging imperial design, while Gustav Mahler was transforming the musical life of the city.
And Sigmund Freud was about to change forever the way we think about the human mind.
Vienna was experiencing a new golden age.

It was a city at the forefront of modernity, and it would shape the 20th century.

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Title Sequence by the brilliant Brian Adsit (instagram and Behance www.behance.com/badsit88)

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt – The artist died in 1918, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or fewer.

Chinese subtitles by Charles Xue
Dutch Subtitles by Ana Glyph
German Subtitles by Victoria Drabik

FOOTAGE
St. Vitale –

BOOKS, CATALOGUES AND ESSAYS
KLIMT BY GILLES NERET
Gustav Klimt Complete Paintings by MR Tobias
Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secessionists by Michael Kerrigan
El beso (los enamorados) de Gustav Klimt. Un ensayo de iconografía, Editorial Lulu.com, 2008
Klimt Schiele Drawings (RA catalogue) – Various
Gustav Klimt, Modernism in the making (National Gallery of Canada Catalogue) – Various

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