Gustav Klimt: The Kiss, Umbrella

About the Artist

Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) was as controversial as he was successful in his time. His modern works were often criticized for being too sensual and erotic and his symbolism too deviant. Today, they are regarded as some of the most important paintings ever to come out of Vienna.

After an early impressionist phase Klimt came under the influence of symbolism and art nouveau. During this time he was a prominent member of the Vienna Secession. His own mature style, manifested in large allegorical paintings as well as female portraits, combined a linear construction with a hint of modernity that links him with the next generation of expressionists.

Gustav Klimt: The Kiss, Umbrella

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This golden umbrella is adapted from Gustav Klimt's famous painting The Kiss (1907/1908)—the culminating work of his "golden period"—depicting a couple in a passionate embrace. The geometric mosaic motif lends a contemporary feel to this fashionable accessory.

  • Polyester
  • <48–inch arc; folds to approximately 12.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Unbreakable fiberglass ribs
  • Automatic open and close

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