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Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Left with Raised Leg, 1917

Leopold Museum,
India ink on Japanese paper
36.7×56 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This work on paper is part of a group of reclining female nudes and semi-nudes which Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created in 1916/17 and which are highly similar in terms of motif and style. The figures in the works of this group are all characterized by slender, elongated proportions. In the present depiction, this impression is heightened by the relatively low vantage point which makes the model appear sunken into the bed. More than most of his late drawings, this work illustrates Klimt’s erratic, nervous style of drawing, which saw him interrupting the stroke and starting anew time and again instead of drawing one continuous contour. Though these jolting strokes can be explained in the present work by the artist’s unfamiliarity with the technique of pen and ink drawing, they also clearly reveal his tendency in later years to merely hint at shapes and interpret them in an expressive manner.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Left with Raised Leg
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
India ink on Japanese paper
36.7×56 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1300
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: 2958

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918);
Johanna Zimpel, geb. Klimt, Wien (ab 1918);
Gustav Zimpel, Wien (o.D.); (1)
Ferdinand Eckhardt sen., Wien (um 1920-1952);
Ferdinand Eckhardt jun., Wien / Winnipeg (1952-1987); (2)
Galerie C. G. Börner, Düsseldorf (1987); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1987-1994); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlassbestätigung Gustav Zimpel auf der Blattrückseite
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu drei Zeichnungen von Gustav Klimt, 31.01.2017, S. 9-13
  3. C. G. Boerner, Gustav Klimt 1862 – Wien – 1918. Zeichnungen aus Privatbesitz, Düsseldorf 1987, Nr. 56
  4. Niederacher, Dossier, S. 14

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