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2016 - Austria 50 € The Kiss - Proof

Producer:Austrian Mint
Catalogue number:ATZP2016GK1
Denomination:50 Euro
Gold Fineness:Au 986/1000
Weight:10,14 g
Diameter:22 mm
Author/Designer:Thomas Pesendorfer / Herbert Wähner
Mintage (pcs):30000
Packaging:capsule, box, certificate
Date of Issue:04/2016
Price:vyprodáno / sold

Gold coin "The Kiss" - 5th in Klimt and his women series (Klimt und seine Frauen)

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.

Painted in 1908-09, The Kiss is on permanent display at the Belvedere palace and museum in Vienna. One of the world’s most iconic paintings, The Kiss opens up manifold associations of love, happiness and hope, yet it is Klimt’s 1902 portrait of Emilie Flöge which experts often consider his best portrait of a woman, and which forms the centre piece of the coin’s obverse. The artist himself was of the opinion that no painting could ever convey the charm of the real Emilie, who was the most important of the many women in Klimt’s life. (source: Austrian Mint)

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