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Seated Lady with Hat in Half Profile from the Left, 1907/08

Leopold Museum,
Red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
54.7×34.7 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The present portrait study is possibly connected to two paintings Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) executed soon after creating this sketch. The composition of a model in profile from the left, wearing a fashionable hat and scarf and steadfastly gazing at the beholder, resembles that of Klimt’s 1909 painting The Purple Hat. However, the somewhat austere features of the woman in the painting differ significantly from the much softer traits of the model in the drawing. These correspond to the face in the painting Lady with Hat and Feather Boa created around 1910. The lascivious sideways glance from behind half-closed lids, especially, is a common characteristic of both the painting and this drawing. While Klimt executed the drawing using red crayon, he emphasized the area of the eyes by highlighting it with blue crayon. This technique of using both red and blue crayon also characterizes the studies, created around the same time, for Hope II (Vision).

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Seated Lady with Hat in Half Profile from the Left
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
54.7×34.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1320
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 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 1918

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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

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