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In the art exhibition of 1908 there was a painting on display in a room reserved for Klimts pictures This painting was entitled Lovers by Klimt himself but is generally known today as The Kiss Ludwig Hevesi a critic of the time says This Klimt hhall at the exhibition is the most remarkable assortment seen in Vienna since Markarts Dumba Room A purely painterly painting The Kiss not possible before markart a specific phenomena of colorTHe Modern Gallerys new lovers standin a sea of flowers like Homers old Zeus on Mount Ida when hera embracd him once more and a carpet of flowers broke forht from the eart And the lovers wear festive robes just right for a festival of love The whole world is festive againThe special Viennese modulation of feeling newly arrived is at long last to be recognized as the peoplpe begin to discover theres a place iin thier hearts for Klimt Not long now and hell be our Klimt Hevesi compared Klimt to Makart Vienna had a new prince of painters The Kiss did not presesnt society with a scandal as so many of Klimts previous pictures had On the contrary the picture was recieved with enthusiasm frm the beginning as is shown by how quickly it sold It has remained one of Klimts most famous pieces of work and has also become a symbol of the Vienna Jugendstil The Kiss at a glance represents happiness and love Loked at more closely with its precursors in mind it reveals other components In 1895 twelve years prior to the transitional phase in which he now was Klimt had apinted the picture Love In the earlier picture the lovers are shown in profile the man holding the woman in his arms and bending his head towards hers The light falls on the face of the woman her eyes are closed her head is tilted back and she looks ready to be kissed The
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