The Kiss by Gus­tav Klimt

Country Life Every Week - - My Favourite Painting Danielle Steel -

Danielle Steel is the world’s big­gest-sell­ing liv­ing fic­tion writer. Her new novel, Against All Odds, was pub­lished last week I first saw a print of this paint­ing when I was 15. It mes­merised me: the ten­der­ness and pas­sion in it were haunt­ing, the colours, the tech­nique, the gold, the sheer beauty of his work. Klimt stole my heart. It re­mained my favourite paint­ing for many years. In 1999, I wrote a book ti­tled The Kiss and, when we chose the cover, of course, we used my favourite paint­ing. I feel a per­sonal tie with the paint­ing be­cause of it. The work still holds magic will’ for me and al­ways

The Kiss, 1907–8, by Gus­tav Klimt (1862–1918), 6ft by 6ft, the Belvedere, Vi­enna, Aus­tria

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