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Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Bent Right Leg, 1912/13

Leopold Museum,
Blue and red crayon on Japanese paper
37.2×56.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This work on paper is part of the extensive group of erotic drawings that Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) executed between 1912 and 1915 and which – according to Alice Strobl – cannot be linked to any specific painting. Rather, they represent autonomous artworks which reveal a great degree of artistic elaboration. The rather unusual choice of a blue crayon, whose color proves especially effective in the areas with greater accentuation of the head and the patterned shirt, as well as the highly skilled spatial foreshortening of the reclining figure make this drawing a masterpiece. Similar works, including Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Bent Legs, Masturbating, were likely presented at the International Black and White Exhibition, shown in Vienna from December 1913 to February 1914. Klimt featured in this presentation with 98 drawings – the largest number he ever presented in an exhibition.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Bent Right Leg
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Blue and red crayon on Japanese paper
37.2×56.1 cm
Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower left vertically: H
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1291
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Jahrhundertkünstler, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger/Sandra Tretter, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 22.06.2018–04.11.2018).
  • Linie und Form. 100 Meisterzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Franz Smola/Fritz Koreny, Wien 2014 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.05.2014–20.10.2014).
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Die nackte Wahrheit. Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka und andere Skandale, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Max Hollein, München 2005 (Ausst.-Kat. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 28.01.2005-24.01.2005; Leopold Museum, Wien, 31.05.2005-22.08.2005).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1912-1918, Salzburg 1984.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 3/1984: 2316

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Provenance research
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Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Rudolf Staechelin, Basel (o.D.-1931); (2)
Rudolf Staechelin´sche Familienstiftung, Basel (1931-1977); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1977-1994); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlass-Stempel: »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne rechts unten.
  2. Michael Wladika, Dossier zu 11 Blättern von Gustav Klimt mit der Provenienz Rudolf Staechelin vom 31.01.2018, S. 60.
  3. Stempel auf der Blattrückseite links unten: „Rud. Staechelin´sche Familienstiftung Inv. Nr. 237“
  4. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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