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Standing Lady in an Overcoat with a Fur Collar. Study for Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer, 1915/16

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
57.1×37.6 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Along with Seated Lady, Her Head Supported on Her Right Hand, this work is one of two studies for the Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer that today form part of the Leopold Collection. Between the first meeting of Friederike Maria Beer and Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) in November 1915 and the completion of the painting in February 1916, the artist created a series of preparatory studies for this portrait. As in the finished painting, the portrayed is depicted standing the present drawing, but while the painting shows her from the front, she was captured in a slight profile in the drawing. The coat-like garment with a fur collar visible in the drawing anticipates the spectacular fur jacket in the painting whose inner lining Klimt liked so much that he asked Friederike Maria Beer to wear it inside out for the portrait sessions.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Lady in an Overcoat with a Fur Collar. Study for Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
57.1×37.6 cm
Stamp (purple) lower right: WSG [Walter Glaas]
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1317
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 bis 1918, Salzburg 1989.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 4/1989: 3691

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918);
Franziska Klimt, Wien (ab 1918-1943); (1)
Walter Glaas, Wien (bis 1972); (2)
Helene Glaas, Wien (1972-1988);
Auktion: 15.12.1988, Dorotheum Wien, Meisterzeichnungen von 1880 bis 1940, Los Nr. 2302;
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1988-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Nachlassbestätigung »Zeichn[un]g von Gustav Klimt bestätigt Franziska Klimt« auf der Rückseite rechts unten; Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt (LM 1317 und LM 1353) vom 31.01.2017
  2. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen. 1878-1918 Nachtrag, Salzburg 1989, Nr. 3691; Sammlerstempel »WSG [Walter Glaas]« vorne rechts unten
  3. Niederacher, Dossier

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