The Kiss is probably Gustav Klimt’s most famous work. It is\r\nalso the high point of the artist’s Gold Period, which was characterized by his\r\nuse of gold leaf in his work. This painting is one in which Klimt deviated from\r\nhis portrayal of dominant in women in the form of a femme fatale. Instead is\r\nthe portrayal of love and art, a couple locked in a golden-flecked,\r\nflower-filled embrace. Klimt was a man with an unbridled sexual appetite, as he\r\nfathered at least 14 illegitimate children. It is rumored that Klimt and his\r\nlongtime companion, Emile Floge, who was also said to be his lover, were the\r\nmodels of the painting, which was selected to be printed on the Austrian 100\r\neuro coin, minted in 2003.