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Standing Female Nude with Tilted Head. Study for Adam and Eve, c. 1917

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.4 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Alice Strobl associated numerous preparatory studies with the painting Adam and Eve which Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created in 1917/18 but never completed. While some of these studies date back to 1914/15, others were not executed until the second half of 1917, as the studies from Klimt’s sketchbook of that year illustrate. The present work on paper is doubtlessly one of the latest drawings, as its depiction of a standing female nude from the front matches the figure of Eve in the painting to an extent that is unusual for other studies for Adam and Eve. The model’s head inclined to the left and the wavy, long hair which the woman is in the process of untangling, the dancer’s pose with the left leg slightly tucked in, and particularly the expansive, undulating contours of the plump body, which Klimt especially emphasized in the drawing through hatching, correspond almost entirely to the figure in the painting.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Female Nude with Tilted Head. Study for Adam and Eve
c. 1917
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.4 cm
Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: H; numbered lower left: 147
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1321
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Trotzdem Kunst! Österreich 1914-1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Ivan Ristić u.a., Wien 2014 (Ausst-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.05.2014-15.09.2014).
  • 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: 2918

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Galerie Wolfgang Gurlitt, München (vor 1962); (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1965-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Nachlassstempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne rechts unten
  2. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 245
  3. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1912-1918, Bd. 3, Salzburg 1984, S. 192, Nr. 2918

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