The Kiss tapestry is based on the most famous art work by Gustav Klimt, (1862 - 1918) and shows a couple, in various shades of gold and symbols, embracing and sharing a kiss against a bronze colored background. 'Der Kuss' or The Kiss as it came to be known was produced during Klimt's Golden Period and is probably his best known work.
Klimt travelled little but trips to Venice and Ravenna, both famous for their beautiful mosaics, are the most likely inspiration for his gold technique and his Byzantine imagery. In this scene we see the two figures standing at the edge of a flowering slope. The man is wearing a neutral coloured rectangle patterned gown with a crown of vines; the woman is wearing a brightly coloured tangent circle patterned gown and has flowers in her hair. The couple's embrace is enveloped by triangular vining and a veil of concentric circles. What is interesting about this piece is that very little of the couple's bodies are shown. For the main the painting dissolves into shimmering, extravagant flat patterning. This patterning has clear ties to Art Nouveau and to the Arts and Crafts movement and also evokes the conflict between two- and three-dimensionality intrinsic to the work of Degas and other modernists. Paintings such as The Kiss capture a decadence conveyed by opulent and sensuous images.
Gustav Klimt tapestries
This superb Belgian tapestry has fullness and depth from its wool content and fine detailing from the cotton and other yarns. It is our favourite from the seletion of Gustav Klimt tapestries. It is lined and has a tunnel for ease of wall-hanging - we enclose tapestry hanging information with each order. The bedroom image below has less accurate colouring than the main image above.
Here is a close-up detail of part of the lower right of this superb tapestry:-
The Kiss tapestry is based on the most famous art work by Gustav Klimt, (1862 - 1918) and shows a couple, in various shades of gold and symbols, embracing and sharing a kiss...MORE