I was recently doing some furniture shopping, and had my attention grabbed by this large scale imitation Gustav Klimt, hanging over a white leather sofa. At first I thought it was a composite image, as the two figures on the right looked like a variation on the famous “Kiss” painting. But a little more research revealed that it’s a twist on Klimt’s “Stoclet Frieze” (sometimes referred to as the “Tree of Life”), which is a series of three mosaics created by Klimt for a commission for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels in 1905.
It wasn’t clear to me whether this was for sale, or whether it was just part of the showroom to help showcase the furniture, but it’s so bold that it easily distracted my eye away from the sofa underneath. The idea of making and selling famous painting knockoffs is a whole different subject, about which I have mixed thoughts. On the one hand, it’s cheesy, but on the other hand, if it’s well done, it’s kind of fun to think about having something you could never really have, in the sense of the astronomical value of the original. If you have an opinion on masterpiece knockoffs, please share in the comments section below.