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Female Nude Lying on Her Back from the Right with Bent Legs, 1914/15

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
37.4×56.8 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This work on paper is among the drawings by Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) that cannot be associated with a specific painting. Klimt nevertheless often asked his models to assume unusual poses which recall earlier paintings or were meant to furnish study material for new works. Thus, many of the studies boast an experimental character that goes far beyond a mere descriptive capturing of the figures. In the present study, Klimt emphasized the contrasting volumes of individual parts of the body, especially the broad, tucked up thighs compared to the narrow, seemingly stretched torso of the model lying on her back – an impression further enhanced by the missing arch of the chest. Bodies stretched in a similar manner appear in the studies, likely executed as early as 1915, with which Klimt prepared his painting The Girlfriends II.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Female Nude Lying on Her Back from the Right with Bent Legs
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
37.4×56.8 cm
Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1315
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: 2398

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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 rechts unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, Dossier vom 31.01.2018; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 236

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