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The Kiss by Witkin: Death Themes in the Visual Arts

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This is mainly because most of his art pieces are horrific and no one would allow for such photographs to be recorded. Witkin has expressed his willingness to be willed in bodies of people after their death to continue with his work, this, however, is not clarified as the said people are not mentioned. The theme of death as narrated by Witkin in this piece of art is described by various artists and authors as most of them try to establish the link between life and death. During my research, I linked this piece, The Kiss to various works of art by different artists as described below. Death in Venice (1912)Ahead of a human skull is a noble show of death (Cunningham, Heim & Mann 2004); death head is expressed in this novella as compared to those seen in the kiss.

This is a novella by Thomas Mann that discusses the theme of death at length. This novella is Mann’ s best work in history as it explores the pursuit of beauty through the transformation of an artist. Just like The kiss seeks to express beauty in the artwork.

Death in Venice is based on the relationship between art and beauty and love and death too (Cunningham, Heim & Mann 2004). In this study though we seek to know how the theme of death is expressed. The kiss this piece has received too much criticism as viewers consider it too is fiction. The plot of this novella is about a Bohemian who has spent most of his life struggling to cut off his Bohemian nature, especially of living an immoral and a lie in his life.

This piece describes how his art was influenced by homosexuality and early life experiences and this compares to my chosen piece by Witkin. Death of a culture is what he has been fighting in his whole life; he can’ t seem to appreciate his own culture. Just like a death in real life people left behind take time to appreciate that anyone has passed on and maybe spending their whole life trying to fight reality. This is seen clearly in this novella as the bohemian spends the better part of his life trying to eliminate realities.

This piece describes homosexuality as it's in the background of The Kiss it is described vividly as the photograph is showing an image of two men who look like one. Other themes discussed in this novella are culture, gender, sickness, and the relationship between life and death in art. Like Witkin, this novella has been influenced by the early life of the character and they both deal with the unusual in the society.

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