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

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
55.9×37.2 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Alice Strobl believed this work to be the last from the group of around 30 known studies that Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) executed in 1907/08 for the figure Expectation for the Stoclet Frieze. In this drawing, the degree of artistic stylization is indeed very advanced. We can clearly see how Klimt composed the dancer’s upper body from the front, despite the fact that she is striding and turning her head towards the right – a compositional technique characteristic of figural depictions in Egyptian art. With the arms placed vertically along the body and leading into stretched hand positions, Klimt emphasized the figure’s geometrization. For the finished version in the mosaic, however, he changed the position of the arms, designed the dress as a striking geometrical background and invested the dancer with the childlike features of a girl.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Woman with Raised Right Forearm. Study for the Dancer from Expectation from the Stoclet Frieze
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
55.9×37.2 cm
Stamp (faded) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1331
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).
  • 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: 1691

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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 links unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, Dossier vom 31.01.2018; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 106

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