ALL GOOD ROMANCES END WITH A KISS
Women may have dominated the work of Gustav Klimt, but his most famous painting also features a man. Many experts believe the man in The Kiss is Klimt himself and that the woman he is kissing is Emile Flöge, Klimt’s partner in real life. Whether or not that is the case, like the Mona Lisa in Paris, The Kiss still has the power to make people from all over the world flock to see it. No other work of Klimt’s could provide a more fitting climax to the Austrian Mint’s Klimt and his Women series, which began in 2012 as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Viennese master’s birth and is now drawing to a close.
Gustav Klimt’s world was a world of women. From classical and allegorical to erotic and mythological, the ever-popular Austrian painter succeeded in portraying female beauty like few others, to the extent that his name is synonymous with the representation of the female form.
Klimt and his Women is an unforgettable five-coin series of miniature masterpieces celebrating the Viennese master’s unique vision of women. Each beautiful new 50 euro solid gold coin in the series, all featuring a woman who moved Klimt, is being issued at the beginning of every year from 2012 to 2016. Some of these paintings may be among the most famous, coveted and valuable in the world today, but you no longer need to be a billionaire to start your very own Klimt collection.
Klimt’s artistic genius is reason enough to complete Klimt and his Women, but as a further incentive each of the five gold coins bears the letter K, L, I, M, or T, so that the complete series spells the word ‘KLIMT’.