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A Kiss That Embodies Love Gustav Klimts The Kiss has been close to my heart for the past seven years To me this artwork represents an embodiment of true love because the image represents what I consider to be traditional romantic love The male figure appears protective of the woman yet he also seems nurturing The female figure has the soft femininity of a traditional woman yet she appears to be an equal contributor to the relationship as well as to the painting neither the man nor the woman predominates The Kiss conveys this to me through the color and shape detail the embrace of the lovers and its romantic themeThe colors used in the image are not the traditional colors of love Reds purples and pinks are replaced with an abundance of golds browns and greens Many reproductions of The Kiss are colored with a glimmery shine that captures and demands the attention of the viewer The rich fall colors represent a harmony between the extremes of summer and winter as the painting is a balance between the extremes of lust and hatred true love The shapes Klimt chose to define the man and woman is squares and circles There is no distinction of where the their bodies end and begin except where the squares and circles meet The squares represent the masculinity of man with rigid and exact form Circles in contrast have the femininity of a woman Circles like most womens emotions are full and continuous constant yet an ongoing cycle The circles are also opposite of the squares in relation to the faade of colors Klimt filled the squares with dominating blacks whites and browns The circles he filled with a more colorful array of greens golds and reds The embrace and kiss between the lovers is gentle and enchanting However there is a hint of abstractness in the way the heads are bent to the side in an unnatural fashion
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