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Seated Lady, Her Head Supported on Her Right Hand. Study for Portrait of Friedericke Maria Beer, 1915/16

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
57×37.4 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 series of studies for Gustav Klimt’s (1862–1918) Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer. No other portrait by Klimt comes with such precise documentation of the duration of its execution: Klimt first met Friederike Maria Beer in November 1915, and in February 1916 the commissioner received the finished painting. Strobl identified the studies that show the model seated as the earliest drawings, likely created in November 1915. Among them is the present drawing which – along with Standing Lady in an Overcoat with a Fur Collar – is one of the two studies for this portrait housed today by the Leopold Museum. The present preliminary drawing is clearly a quickly jotted down compositional sketch which reveals Klimt’s mastery in abbreviation. The artist positioned the few lines with such confidence that the contours appear formally and spatially convincing despite the many fragmentations and omissions.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Seated Lady, Her Head Supported on Her Right Hand. Study for Portrait of Friedericke Maria Beer
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
57×37.4 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1312
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: 2527

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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« auf der Rückseite rechts 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. 182

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