Klimt’s Kiss and Haydn’s Cello Concerto with Steven Isserlis (updated)

Joseph Haydn’s

“Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, 3. Allegro molto”

I come back to this video again and again and never tire of the pure joy surrounding this whole group of talented musicians. Isserlis is a masterful performer – a treat!

Do you see the magnificent mural on the wall behind the orchestra?

Read more about Edvard Munch and The Suns  🙂

A Perfect Pairing

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Some Kiss!

“The Kiss”, probably the most popular work by Gustav Klimt, was first exhibited in 1908 at the Kunstschau art exhibition … and thus secured for the state one of the icons of Viennese Jugendstil and indeed of European modern art.

It undoubtedly represents the culmination of the phase known as the “Golden Epoch”. In this decade, the artist created a puzzling, ornamental encoded programme that revolved around the mystery of existence, love and fulfillment through art. Klimt gained initial inspiration for this in 1903 on a journey to Ravenna to see the Byzantine mosaics.

In addition, the painting contains a myriad of motifs from various cultural epochs, above all from Ancient Egyptian mythology. Most recent research has, however, revealed that it is not enough to read the ornaments in the picture just as symbols rooted in tradition aiming to convey a timelessly valid message. They reveal more, such as references to Klimt’s love for Emilie Flöge and the artist’s exploration of the sculptor Auguste Rodin’s art.

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Gustav Klimt, The Kiss [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (detail)

Who Was Gustave Klimt?

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d’art. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes.

Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods. Early in his artistic career, he was a successful painter of architectural decorations in a conventional manner. As he developed a more personal style, his work was the subject of controversy that culminated when the paintings he completed around 1900 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic.

He subsequently accepted no more public commissions, but achieved a new success with the paintings of his “golden phase”, many of which include gold leaf. Klimt’s work was an important influence on his younger contemporary Egon Schiele.

Quote from Google Arts and Culture

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Gustav Klimt, The Kiss [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons and Google Arts and Culture

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