The history of any masterpiece begins with a sudden idea.
Once, when I was inspired by the painting «The Kiss» by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, one of the most prominent representatives of the Viennese Secession, I suddenly came up with a bold idea — to depict on a canvas my own interpretation of the romantic scene glorified by Klimt.
Powerful energy was emanating from his painting. I a kind of felt emotions experienced by the painting’s characters: tenderness, passion, love. This work of the Austrian relating to the «golden period» of his creative activity became an inspiring factor that led me to my first serious work.
I just remember I felt no fear of the lack of my experience. I just felt like succumbing to my inspiration and enjoying the creative process.
While interpreting «The Kiss», I was working out various methods and techniques of drawing, I would keep remaking something, perfecting it. On the whole it took me 7 years of working on that canvas. During that time the canvas changed colors and shades, the elements of composition and ornament’s details.
By exhibiting the two paintings — one by Klimt, the other one by myself — I give the viewer an opportunity to see the differences one’s own way and speculate on their possible significance. Because nothing is incidental both in life and in art.