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Gustav Klimt

Founding member and first president of the Vienna Secession

While Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) started out in the tradition of historicism and the “Ringstrasse era”, the Vienna-born artist became the pioneer of Austrian Modernism from the mid-1890s. He co-founded the Union of Austrian Artists – Secession in 1897 and became its first president. The ground-breaking and trend-setting association led Viennese Jugendstil towards a new pinnacle. Along with paintings and drawings from all the periods of the artist’s work, the Leopold Museum also houses the anteroom of Klimt’s studio on Josefstädter Strasse. Further in possession of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Klimt’s photographs, correspondence and archival material, the Leopold Museum is able to afford intimate insights into the life of this eminent artist personality. The outstanding works from the collection, including the painting On Lake Attersee (1900), in which Klimt sounded out painterly limits all the way to abstraction, are supplemented with around two dozen paintings from the museum’s own holdings and private collections. The Leopold Museum is also home to one of Klimt’s three large-scale allegories, the painting Death and Life, whose bold composition depicts the cycle of human existence – a topic which Klimt explored until shortly before his death.
Death and Life
A Morning by the Pond
The Large Poplar II (Gathering Storm)
Head Study of a Girl from Haná
The Blind Man
Portrait of an Old Man in Profile (Count Traun?)
Seated Young Girl
On Lake Attersee
The Black Bull
Litzlbergkeller
Klara Klimt
Sitting Nude Man Turned to the Left
Forest Floor
Schubert at the Piano. Design for the music room by Nikolaus Dumba
Orchard in the Evening
Altar of Dionysus
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Bent Right Arm. Study for *The Bride*
Reclining Woman in Underwear with Spread Legs, Masturbating
Bust Portrait of a Young Lady in Profile from the Left, called *The English Girl*
Seated Female Semi-Nude in Patterned Dress, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Bent Right Leg
Standing Female Nude with Supported Left Leg. Study for *Adam and Eve*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Raised Shirt from the Left; Above, a Head Study. Study for *The Virgin*
Bust Portrait of a Female Semi-Nude in Profile from the Left, Resting on a Pillow
Bust Portrait of a Lady with Ornamented Blouse. Study for *Portrait of Ria Munk III*
Reclining Female Nude with Closed Eyes. Study for *The Virgin*
Bust Portrait of a Female Nude from the Left
Female Nude Bending Forward and Putting on Stockings
Back View of a Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Raised Arms. Study for *The Bride*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Left with Raised Leg
Two Standing Female Nudes, the Left One with Raised Arms. Study for *The Girlfriends II*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Raised Dress. Study for *The Virgin*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Closed Eyes. Study for *The Virgin*
Seated Female Nude, Her Head Resting on Her Right Knee. Study for *Death and Life*
Standing Pregnant Woman in Patterned Dress in Profile from the Left. Study for *Hope II (Vision)*
Back View of a Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Closed Eyes. Study for *The Bride*
Bust Portrait of a Young Lady with Hat and Cape in Profile from the Left
Standing Naked Couple, Embracing. Study for *This Kiss to the Whole World* from the Beethoven Frieze for the 14th Exhibition of the Vienna Secession
Seated Lady, Her Head Supported on Her Right Hand. Study for *Portrait of Friedericke Maria Beer*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Left, Her Head Tilted Back. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 2nd Version
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Raised Dress. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 2nd Version. Reproduced in *Lucian's Dialogues of the Courtesans*
Female Nude Lying on Her Back from the Right with Bent Legs
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Right with Closed Eyes. Study for *The Virgin*
Standing Lady in an Overcoat with a Fur Collar. Study for *Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer*
Seated Lady with Ornamented Shawl in Profile from the Left
Reclining Female Nude from the Right with Ruff. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 2nd Version
Seated Lady with Hat in Half Profile from the Left
Standing Female Nude with Tilted Head. Study for *Adam and Eve*
Seated Female Semi-Nude with Spread Legs. Reproduced in *Lucian's Dialogues of the Courtesans*
Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Left, Her Arms Crossed Behind Her Back. Study for *Hope II (Vision)*
Reclining Female Nude, Partially Covering Her Face with Her Upper Arms. Study for *The Bride*
Two Reclining Female Nudes Embracing from the Right. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 2nd Version
Female Semi-Nude Lying on Her Front from the Right. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 1st Version
Two Reclining Female Nudes Embracing from the Right. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 2nd Version
Two Female Semi-Nudes Turned Towards Each Other from the Right
Seated Female Nude with Red Hair, Her Arms Crossed Above Her Head
Standing Woman with Raised Forearms. Study for the Dancer from *Expectation* from the *Stoclet Frieze*
Standing Woman with Raised Right Forearm. Study for the Dancer from *Expectation* from the *Stoclet Frieze*
Standing Female Nude in Profile from the Right, Her Head Turned Away
Reclining Female Nude from the Right, Her Arms Crossed Behind Her Head. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 2nd Version
Seated Female Nude, Supporting Herself with Her Right Hand
Seated Female Nude in Turned Position
Bust Portrait of a Female Nude from the Right
Bust Portrait of a Lady with Closed Eyes from the Right, Her Head Tilted Back. Study for *The Virgin*
Female Head in Half Profile from the Left
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Half Profile from the Right with Sweeping Hairstyle
Frontal View of a Seated Lady with Ornamented Shawl. Study for *Portrait of Margarethe Constance Lieser*
Dressed Floating Female. Study for the Painted Compositional Sketch for *Medicine*
Two Female Nudes Embracing. Study for *Water Snakes I*
Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Left, Two Compositional Sketches to the Right. Study for *Hope I*
Two Female Nudes Embracing
Frontal View of a Standing Female Nude with Tilted Head. Study for Veritas in *Jurisprudence*
Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Left, Embraced by a Man. Study for *Hope I*
Female Head, Her Chin Resting in Her Hands. Study for the Gorgons from the *Beethoven Frieze*
Head of a Naked Floating Female. Study for a Transfer Sketch for *Medicine*
Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Right. Study for *Hope II (Vision)*
Reclining Female Nude with Bent Right Leg, Propping Herself Up
Standing Lady from the Right, Her Hands Covered by Her Shawl. Study for *Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein*
Standing Lovers Embracing, Man with Cape. Study for *The Kiss*
Standing Female Nude from the Left, Head in Lost Profile. Study for *The Girlfriends II*
Reclining Female in Underwear with Spread Legs and Head Bent Backwards, Masturbating
Seated Female Nude Leaning Forward. Study for *Leda*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude, Her Left Arm Partially Covering Her Face. Study for *The Virgin*
Female Semi-Nude Lying on Her Front from the Right with Ruff. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 1st Version
Standing Dancer from the Right with Ruff
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Raised Dress. Study for *Water Snakes II*, 1st Version
Seated Female in Turned Position, Bending Forward
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Left
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Outstretched Arms. Study for *The Bride*
Standing Female Nude from the Right, Her Right Hand on Her Chest
Female Semi-Nude from the Right in Kneeling-Cowering Position. Study for *Leda*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Bent Legs, Masturbating
Head of an Old Woman. Study for *Death and Life*
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Closed Eyes. Study for *The Bride*
Ars. Ex Libris of the Union of Austrian Visual Artists (Secession)
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Half Profile from the Right
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Left
Standing and Kneeling Female Nudes Embracing
Nike Carrying Flowers in a Color and Non-Color Version. Studies for a Dedication Leaflet for Otto Wagner's 70th Birthday
Reclining Baby, Bedded on a Cushion. Study for *Baby*
Two Cowering Female Nudes, Bending Forward. Studies for *The Sufferings of Weak Humanity* from the *Beethoven Frieze*
Ver Sacrum. Theseus and Minotaur. Poster for the *1st Exhibition of the Vienna Secession* (Version Prior to Censorship)
Golden Cross of Merit, awarded by Emperor Franz Joseph I. to Gustav Klimt in 1888
Portrait of a Woman
Sketch Sheet with Studies for the Faculty Painting “Medicine” and two Self-Portraits
Hand Studies for the Kneeling Maenad in “Altar of Dionysus”, Vienna Burgtheater
Letter from Gustav Klimt to Norbert Wien
Letter from Gustav Klimt to Norbert Wien
“Viewfinder” from the Estate of Gustav Klimt
Lucian’s Dialogues of the Courtesans with 15 Illustrations by Gustav Klimt
Burial Cross of the Klimt Family Grave (designed by Gustav Klimt)