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Two Standing Female Nudes, the Left One with Raised Arms. Study for The Girlfriends II, 1916/17

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.7×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This work on paper was created in connection with Gustav Klimt’s (1862–1918) numerous preliminary drawings for his 1916/17 painting The Girlfriends II. According to Alice Strobl, the present depiction corresponds to the advanced conception stage and differs from preceding studies, some of them created as early as 1915, such as Standing Female Nude from the Left, Head in Lost Profile. With its almost frontal position, the nude figure on the left in the present work largely resembles the left naked girlfriend in the painting, while both the drawing and the painting show strikingly stretched proportions and narrow hips and waists. Strobl further discerned a distinct upward movement in the two standing figures in the drawing, which she associated with Klimt’s affinity for the ecstatic, lambent style of El Greco’s (1541–1614) figures. Klimt was indeed greatly impressed by the Spanish Mannerist’s paintings which he saw during a visit to Toledo in October 1909.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Two Standing Female Nudes, the Left One with Raised Arms. Study for The Girlfriends II
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.7×37.1 cm
Stamp (black) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1301
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: 2811

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Helene Donner, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1957-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlass-Stempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne links unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, 31.01.2018; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 167

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