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Seated Female Nude with Red Hair, Her Arms Crossed Above Her Head, c. 1907

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, black chalk, red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
55.2×35 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Alice Strobl subsumed the present work on paper, together with others from the Leopold Collection, into a group of “Nudes and Semi-Nudes in Various Poses” created around 1907. As with other renderings from this group, Klimt used red crayon, though in the present drawing only for the model’s hair. Owing to this singular accentuation of the hair through color, accompanied by faint red highlights in the area of the lips and chest, the motif is invested with an unusual prominence which appears in stark contrast to the rest of the figure’s outlines merely hinted at with pencil. In a final step, Klimt placed additional strong pencil contours over the red crayon to accentuate the hair, but also the eyes, even further. This striking hair motif appears in another depiction, housed today by the Wien Museum, of a kneeling female nude propping herself up. In this drawing, too, the woman looks at the beholder with a broad smile – it is likely that it was the same model that appears in the present drawing.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Seated Female Nude with Red Hair, Her Arms Crossed Above Her Head
c. 1907
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil, black chalk, red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
55.2×35 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1329
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: 1631

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Provenance research
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Rudolf Staechelin, Basel (o.D.-1931); (1)
Rudolf Staechelin´sche Familienstiftung, Basel (1931-1977); (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1977-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Michael Wladika, Dossier zu 11 Blättern von Gustav Klimt mit der Provenienz Rudolf Staechelin vom 31.01.2018, S. 61.
  2. Stempel auf der Blattrückseite links unten: »RUD. STAECHELINʼSCHE / FAMILIENSTIFTUNG / Inv. Nr. 251«
  3. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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