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Standing Female Nude in Profile from the Right, Her Head Turned Away, 1911

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.3 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The depiction of a standing Nike, which Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) designed for his homage to Otto Wagner (1841–1918) in 1911, and a study for which is housed by the Leopold Museum, can be associated with a series of other studies of standing female nudes, including the standing woman in the present drawing. This depiction is characterized by overly slender and elongated proportions typical of the nude studies created in connection with the Nike figure. Alice Strobl suspected that this extremely thin female type, which was new to Klimt’s style, may have been inspired by the young Egon Schiele. We know that Klimt supported Schiele and also owned drawings by him. However, Klimt’s interest in Schiele’s expressive, linear nude depictions was only temporary. In the present drawing from the Leopold Museum, Klimt already seemed to alleviate the elongation of the depiction by means of soft, undulating shapes which come to full effect in the hermetical posture with folded arms and turned head.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Female Nude in Profile from the Right, Her Head Turned Away
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.3 cm
Stamp (black) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna
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: 2035

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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« vorne rechts unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, 31.01.2018; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 158

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