K is for Kiss

Some couples have “our song” or “our place.” My wife and I seem to have “our drawing.” It is, of course, “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918). My wife has a book about it, we have it on a mug, and at some level, it is an idealized version of us.

Klimt, according to the Wikipedia, painted it “between 1907 and 1908, the highpoint of his ‘Golden Period’, when he painted a number of works in a similar gilded style. A perfect square, the canvas depicts a couple embracing, their bodies entwined in elaborate robes decorated in a style influenced by both linear constructs of the contemporary Art Nouveau style and the organic forms of the earlier Arts and Crafts movement. The work is composed of conventional oil paint with applied layers of gold leaf, an aspect that gives it its strikingly modern, yet evocative appearance…”

“Klimt was 45 when he painted The Kiss, still living with his mother and two unmarried sisters,” yet reportedly had, let’s say, an active romantic life. There was a 2006 film called Klimt, starring John Malkovich, which I did not see, but it did not review well.

The artist was honored with a Google doodle in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth earlier this year. Check out iklimt.com or klimtgallery.org for more information about Gustav Klimt.

Here are some songs about kissing, all of which charted on the US pop charts. I didn’t bother with Kiss by Prince, because his people are always taking down YouTube videos.

Kiss on My List – Hall & Oates (1980)
Kiss You All Over – Exile (1978)
Kisses Sweeter than Wine – Jimmie Rodgers (1957)
Kiss An Angel Good Morning – Charley Pride (1972)

What are your favorite songs about kissing?

ABC Wednesday – Round 11

0 thoughts on “K is for Kiss”

  1. My favourite song about “Kisses”is the European Song contest winner of Great Britain:in 1976 by the Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses for Me”.
    Your painting by Klimt is very beautiful. I like art nouveau very much! Shall I do the Kagerplassen also for ABC? Well then I shall save the post I had in mind for the next round.


  2. I love Klimt’s works…they’re so decadent – all that gold and richly designed ‘fabrics’. I live in NYC near the Neue Gallery which houses lots of Klimts so I get to see them first-hand. They are breath-taking! Great post.


  3. I have always felt a little sorry for that poor woman getting her neck squashed all for a kiss. her hand position makes me think she is ready to yank his hand away from her throat.


  4. We have “our song” but never thought of “our painting”. Thats really a pretty cool thing to have. I love all of those song about “kiss”.


  5. Fascinating painting, must be quite an experience to see it in the flesh/gold leaf. It would appear Vienna might be the perfect romantic destination for you both.


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