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Standing Woman with Raised Forearms. Study for the Dancer from Expectation from the Stoclet Frieze, 1907/08

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
55.8×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In 1905, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) received the commission to design a monumental mosaic frieze for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. For one of the room’s two longitudinal walls, Klimt created the figure of a dancer, also known as Expectation, along with the motif of the tree of life. Klimt avoided intense dance movements for this figure and instead chose a restrained gesture which the figure carries out in her calm stride and with the expressive movement of her arms. Klimt prepared this figure in numerous pencil studies executed in 1907 and 1908. Two of the around 30 known studies form part of the Leopold Collection – the present drawing and Standing Woman with Raised Right Forearm. Study for the Dancer from Expectation from the Stoclet Frieze. In the present work, Klimt captured the model in a manner close to nature and also rendered details of the hairstyle and fashionable dress.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Woman with Raised Forearms. Study for the Dancer from Expectation from the Stoclet Frieze
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Secession
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
55.8×37.1 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1330
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Linie und Form. 100 Meisterzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Franz Smola/Fritz Koreny, Wien 2014 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.05.2014–20.10.2014).
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Klimt persönlich. Bilder - Briefe - Einblicke, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Franz Smola, Wien 2012 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 24.02.2012–27.08.2012).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 1670

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Egon Schiele, Wien (1919);
Marie Schiele, Wien (1919-1935);
Melanie Schuster geb. Schiele, Wien (1935-1972);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1972-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 16.06.1972, Punkt III., Seite 7, Nr. 7d: „Gustav Klimt, Studie zur ‚Erwartung‘, Bl. 56 x 37 cm“; Michael Wladika, Gustav Klimt. „Stehende mit erhobenen Unterarmen. Studie zur Tänzerin in ,Die Erwartung‘ in ‚Stocletfries‘“, 1907/08. Dossier vom 31.01.2018.

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