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Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Raised Dress. Study for The Virgin, 1911/12

Leopold Museum,
Blue crayon on Japanese paper
56×37 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The present work on paper is part of a group of around ten known studies showing reclining female semi-nudes with which Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) prepared the central figure in his painting The Virgin. Within this group of works, the artist only slightly varied the position of the reclining figure, which suggests that he might have created them during one portrait session. All the depictions share the complex reclining pose which Klimt captured from an unusual vantage point from above. The model is depicted lying close to the edge of a divan, supporting herself on her spread legs which form a right angle to the floor, her dress hiked up all the way to her belly, her arms folded across her head. Together with her facial expression, this posture conveys a sense of ecstatic rapture which is further enhanced by the whirling contours of the draperies. While Klimt hardly changed the position of the nude, he lowered the dress to cover the entire legs in the painting.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Raised Dress. Study for The Virgin
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Blue crayon on Japanese paper
56×37 cm
Stamp (black) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: J
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1302
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: 2281

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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 links 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. STAECHELINʼSCHE / FAMILIENSTIFTUNG / Inv. Nr. 235«
  4. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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