The Kiss (Skelly Lovers)


The Kiss (Skelly Lovers) is a parody of Gustav Klimt’s classic work, The Kiss. It’s part of my Old (Dead) Masters series in which I skeletonize famous works of art for my own nefarious ends. Free shipping anywhere in the continental USA.



The Kiss (Skelly Lovers) is a parody of Gustav Klimt's The Kiss

©2016 Marie Marfia, The Kiss (Skelly Lovers), 18×18″ pastel on gessoed gator board with gilding. Sold.

About The Kiss (Skelly Lovers)

This skelly painting is a parody of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss (Lovers), which I’ve skeletonized for my own nefarious ends. The Kiss (Skelly Lovers) is part of my Old (Dead) Masters series in which I recreate classic works of art with skeletons instead of flesh and blood humans. It’s fun!

The original painting has been sold.

Available in paper prints, cards and canvas wrap

You can choose from 8×8″ or 12×12″ inkjet prints on double-sided matte paper, 5×7″ greeting cards with matching white envelopes, or canvas wrap prints in three different sizes. There’s something for every budget and every size wall here, so do your worst. I’ll love you for it. Prices include shipping anywhere in the continental USA. Everywhere else, please contact me.

Old Dead Masters series

The Old (Dead) Masters series is my way of paying homage to the great artists that have come before. I learn new things every time I copy a famous work and this is knowledge that I use in the works that come later. I try to be faithful to the original pieces but I am after an authentic feeling to the work, rather than a stroke by stroke reproduction.

About skellies

I love skellies because they’re fearless and free. When painting them I find that they take on a life of their own! If they make you laugh, then I feel my job is done. Life is short! Skellies are forever!


Pastels are my medium of choice because they’re so versatile and immediate. I love the way the light refracts when it hits the chalk. I love all the different marks you can make with them. This piece was done on gessoed black gator board. I used various pastels, gold paint and gold foil to recreate Klimt’s masterpiece.

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12×12 Print $40.00, 12×12" Canvas Wrap $76.00, 18×18" Canvas Wrap $148.00, 36×36" Canvas Wrap $372.00, 8×8" Print $20.00, Greeting Card $5.00, Original