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Standing Female Nude with Supported Left Leg. Study for Adam and Eve, 1914/15

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.6×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) worked on the painting Adam and Eve in 1917 but was unable to finish it. Alice Strobl associated this work with numerous studies, including drawings which for stylistic reasons must be dated to 1914/15. These show early variants of the motif of standing lovers in ecstatic poses, which would appear in the painted version in a modified form, as well as studies of individual standing females, as in the present work. The hands, softly placed on the shoulder, which Klimt rendered in a detailed manner in this drawing, give an approximate indication of the position of Eve’s hands in the later painting which Klimt would explore in great detail in subsequent studies. The drawing further vividly conveys the strange ambivalence, elicited by the standing pose and dreamy, other-worldly facial expression, which also characterizes the couple in the painting.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Female Nude with Supported Left Leg. Study for Adam and Eve
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.6×37.1 cm
Signatur ENG: Stamp (faded) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: A
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1292
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1912-1918, Salzburg 1984.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 3/1984: 2858

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1962-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Nachlassstempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne links unten
  2. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 160

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