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Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Closed Eyes. Study for The Virgin, 1911/12

Leopold Museum,
Red crayon on Japanese paper
37.1×55.9 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
For his painting The Virgin, which was presumably largely completed by the end of 1912, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created a large number of studies and preliminary drawings in 1911 and 1912. Seven of these studies, including Reclining Female Nude with Closed Eyes, are owned by the Leopold Museum. In the present rendering, the relaxed, sleeping posture and especially the arms spread above the head recall the floating virgin in the painted version, though the painting’s composition appears much more planar. The drawing, by contrast, reveals a stronger naturalism.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Closed Eyes. Study for The Virgin
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Red crayon on Japanese paper
37.1×55.9 cm
Stamp (black) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower left vertically: H
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1303
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).
  • 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: 2235

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

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. 61.
  3. Stempel auf der Blattrückseite links unten: »RUD. STAECHELINʼSCHE / FAMILIENSTIFTUNG / Inv. Nr. 243«
  4. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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