klimt doodle gold
Doodle July 14, 2012

Google commemorates Austrian artist Gustav Klimt with a doodle  of the artist’s “The Kiss,” integrated into the logo in  gold…a characteristic Klimt style.

Klimt is one of the most celebrated art nouveau painters in Austria today with works that can be seen in many historical buildings in Vienna’s Ringstraße which includes the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Burgtheater and a lot more.

He became one of the founding members and president of the Wiener Sezession (Vienna Secession) in 1897 (below is the Secession building, which is characterized by a golden dome of laurel leaves). Klimt remained with the Secession until 1908. The group’s goals were to provide exhibitions for unconventional young artists, to bring the best foreign artists’ works to Vienna, and to publish its own magazine to showcase members’ work.

The Kiss is currently exhibited at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, a museum at the Belvedere Palace.

For his 150th Birthday today, 14 July, a  center dedicated to him was opened in Kammer am Attersee. It is not a museum per se, but rather a documentation center…Future activities associated with the artist will be held there. The initiative “Klimt am Attersee” is in cooperation with the Leopold Museum in Vienna.


(photos in collage taken during a night walk inVienna)

kiss upclose, gustav klimt google doodle
The Kiss, upclose