|The Kiss - Gustav Klimt,|
The Kiss is Klimt's most popular work and visitors flock annually to see it in Vienna's Austrian Gallery. It was painted between 1907 and 1908.
Gustav Klimt’s erotic masterpiece, The Kiss, depicts a couple, who together reportedly form the shape of a penis, in a locked embrace.
It seems that Klimt himself is on the canvas with his lover girl with red hair, Emilie Flöge.
"The Kiss" is the final painting of Klimt's Gold Period, during which he incorporated gold leaf into his works. This practice reflects the strong influence of the gold-detailed religious art of the Middle Ages as well as the sacred works created by artists of the Byzantine Empire. As a result, some considered such paintings as "The Kiss" to be sacrilegious.
The Kiss was bought before it was finished with 25,000 crowns ($240,000 today).
In 1908, the Austrian Gallery displayed The Kiss for the first time, even though Klimt hadn't yet put the finishing touches on the work. Its unfinished state didn't stop the Belvedere Museum from adding it to their collection on the spot.