September 18, 2008

The Kiss.


My absolute favorite painting is "The Meeting on Turret Stairs", by Sir Fredrick William Burton. A large reproduction of this painting on canvas was recently given to me as a gift by a very special man. I have placed it in my bedroom, so it is the last thing I see before I close my eyes. And the first thing I see in the morning, when I awake. Receiving this gift, made me re-evaluate my sentiments about another famous work of art, "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt. It is beautiful, golden and evocative. Depicting a man and a woman in a tender, sensual embrace, resulting in a covert kiss. This masterpiece has been greatly studied and interpreted by various experts. However, I feel that, as with any art, gazing at an image is a very personal and private experience. The effect is diverse and very individual. Additionally, perhaps one might even discover something new about a piece, as time goes by. I have seen The Kiss many times before. I actually even recall a reproduction of it hanging in my parents home. It never had any particular effect on me. But recent developments in my life have made me see the painting with completely new eyes. It evokes emotions and impressions I only now began to recognize. I have finally found my personal understanding of this exquisite work of art. Eventually, I think Klimt might have had his own justification as to why he created this stunning piece. One, that no man or woman in the world will ever elucidate. And perhaps therein lies its allure.

4 comments:

Diane said...

The Kiss is one of my favorite paintings!!! I love this post... very eloquent!!

Protege said...

Thank you Diane.;)

Blog Princess G said...

I share your feelings about The Meeting on the Turret Stairs, which hangs in my living room.

This painting, The Kiss, always fascinates me. There are so many small things to notice, like the way her right hand is draped around his neck, the fingers somewhat closed - I wonder what that means. :)

Protege said...

I agree, fascination is the right word. And in this context I think it is worth to mention, (as you very well know;), that it was your post about the Sir William Burton painting that brought me to your blog (and this blog site).:)))