The Edvard Munch painting known as The Kiss shows a man and a woman embracing; they are in a room in front of a window. In the painting they are in dark clothes which seem to melt together, as do their faces. In the preliminary sketch, which was the inspiration for the painting, they are naked, the room appears bare, and the window looks out onto vaguely-seen windows of the tenements across the street. There is the same melting-together of their faces, which seems to express the loss of self that comes with an act of emotionless lust.
‘Nethergate’ is a street in Dundee, Scotland.