Kiss with Gustav Klimt

After a really exhausting week I longed for a relaxing weekend. I got myself comfortable on the sofa with my latest book purchase “Die Biografie” of Gustav Klimt. After a couple of pages I felt I wanted to be very close to the artworks of the artist Gustav Klimt. I remembered, that the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna are currently showing some of Gustav Klimt´s wall paintings. So I dragged my wife Nicole to the museum……

Since I’ve just started to study history of art here a bit of history…..

The well known artist of the Jugendstil / Art Nouveau Gustav Kimt past away exactly 100 years ago in 1918. The Austrian Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna celebrates this anniversary presenting the visitors with a special treat.

In 1890, the “Art Compagnie” consisting of Gustav Klimt, his brother Ernst Klimt and his college friend Franz Matsch got the commission to create paintings between the intercolumns of the staircase in the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

12 meters above the ground on a special stairway and platform you can admire the wonderful paintings of Gustav Klimt, Ernst Klimt and Franz Matsch. The special thing of Gustav Klimt paintings compared to the paintings of Matsch and Ernst Klimt is that Gustav Klimt developed a step toward modernity. This was the beginning of the decade of Klimt´s famous “GOLDEN PERIOD” where he also painted ‘THE KISS’.

I came so close to Gustav Klimt, I could have imitaded ‘THE KISS’ with Gustav 🙂

My favourite painting from this visit was “ROMAN AND VENETIOAN QUATTROCENTO” (below).

Painting of Ernst Klimt (below).

Franz Matsch painting (below).

Book Recommendation:

Gustav Klimt ‘Die Biografie’ – Authors: Alfred Weidinger and Mona Horncastle – Publishing House: Brandstätter – ISBN: 978-3-7106-0192-7

The project ‘STAIRWAY TO KLIMT’ at the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna is running until the 2nd September 2018.

Should you be in Vienna then I highly reccommend to come and have a look. It’s a one of a kind experience.

 Text and photos by Reinhold Ponesch


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