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Bust Portrait of a Young Lady with Hat and Cape in Profile from the Left, 1897/98

Leopold Museum,
Charcoal, black chalk on brown paper
42.3×22.6 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This rendering is one of a series of ladies’ portraits created around 1897/98, most of whose sitters remained anonymous. Many of these portraits highlight the autonomous, pictorial character of the depiction, in which the artist did not so much focus on the portrait aspect but on conveying a specific atmosphere. The work on paper from the Leopold Museum impresses with its plethora of design elements, ranging from dynamic hatching to pastel-like shimmering effects. A characteristic feature of the present work is the choice of a strict profile which is also typical for the many other portraits from this group. Gustav Klimt’s (1862–1918) decision to reproduce this work in the Secession’s magazine Ver Sacrum demonstrates that he was especially fond of this work. Another remarkable feature is the block signature using blue crayon, though this was likely added by the artist at a later date, as the reproduction in Ver Sacrum shows no signature.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Bust Portrait of a Young Lady with Hat and Cape in Profile from the Left
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Charcoal, black chalk on brown paper
42.3×22.6 cm
Signed lower right using blue crayon: GUSTAV KLIMT
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1309
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 1878-1903, Salzburg 1980.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 1/1980: 390

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918);
Johanna Zimpel, geb. Klimt, Wien (ab 1919);
Rudolf Zimpel, Wien (vor 1968);
Galerie Friedrich Welz, Salzburg (nach 1984);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1987-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. Brustbild einer jungen Dame mit Hut und Cape im Profil nach links, 1897/98. Dossier vom 31.01.2017.

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