Google goes erotic with latest doodle
Honoring Gustav Klimt, the erotic Austrian painter, Google allows its logo to wrap itself around a couple wrapping themselves around each other.
There will be those who will feel Google's latest doodle brings an entirely new meaning to "I'm feeling lucky."
For Google's embrace of more open sexual mores continues with a doodle celebrating the 150th birthday of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
Yes, not a week after the company-- which is absolutely not, never, no a suggestion that governments should get with it on gay marriage -- here we have a beautiful tribute to a painter who found his own world a little too tight for comfort.
Klimt found himself in an Austrian art scene that was a historical corset. He therefore became a member of the Vienna Secession, an attempt to take art toward places people might actually enjoy.
This particular Google doodle, in which the logo is embedded in a depiction of Klimt's "The Kiss," celebrates his Golden Phase, in which he used gold leaf to create art of a striking and uplifting character.
Though he managed to father a mere 14 children, Klimt apparently avoided scandal.
Perhaps he summed up the relationship between his life, his art, and himself best when he said: "I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women...There is nothing special about me."
Some critics felt a deep and moving relationship with Klimt's art. Indeed, Herman Bahr, in his 1901 "Speech on Klimt," offered: "Just as only a lover can reveal to a man what life means to him and develop its innermost significance, I feel the same about these paintings."
Yet again, Google shows that its doodles are some of the most thoughtful products ever to have emerged from the company.