The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

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Let's take a closer look at The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. I'll cover:

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1908
Gustav Klimt, The Kiss, 1908

Date created: 1908

Dimensions: 70.86 x 70.86 inches

Medium: Oil on canvas

The main features of the painting are:

Pattern: The clothing features prominent abstract patterns.

Focal point: There is a strong focal point around the middle of the painting.

Abstraction: The painting is a blend of representational art and abstraction.

Below are the main colors used in the painting. Copy the hex code for use in Photoshop or other editing software.

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(You can check the color palette of paintings using this tool by Adobe.)

Here's the painting in grayscale so you can clearly see the different values (lights and shadows):

greyscaled_Gustav Klimt, Kiss, 1908 700W

Below is a notan of the painting created using Photoshop. This is the most basic design of lights and darks. It often reveals subtle value patterns that are easy to miss in the full-color image.

Gustav Klimt, Kiss, 1908 Notan

Below is the painting with a grid over the top so we can analyze it in terms of the rule of thirds. The grid lines and intersections are considered aesthetically pleasing areas.

gridlines_Gustav Klimt, Kiss, 1908 700W

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