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Seated Lady with Ornamented Shawl in Profile from the Left, c. 1910

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, white chalk, red crayon on Japanese paper
55.8×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This portrait drawing is one of a group of comparable drawings by Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) which can be dated around 1910 and largely represent autonomous studies that are not associated with any specific painting. The present work on paper impresses with its precise drawing which includes the exact rendering of the profile and hairstyle, the detailed shape of the shawl draped around the upper body and even the outlines of the folded hands. The scarf, wrapped tightly around the body and decorated with floral elements, reaches up all the way to the chin. Together with the head, it forms a towering vertical shape whose contours Klimt emphasized through hatching. Specifically in the area of the eyes, this drawing illustrates Klimt’s habitual practice of subsequently adding contours to an already finished pencil drawing to create extra emphasis in certain places.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Seated Lady with Ornamented Shawl in Profile from the Left
c. 1910
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil, white chalk, red crayon on Japanese paper
55.8×37.1 cm
Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1318
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • 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 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 1985
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 1985

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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, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, 31.01.2018

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