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Seated Female Nude, Supporting Herself with Her Right Hand, 1914/15

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
57×36.8 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This work is among those depictions of female nudes by Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) that cannot be associated with any specific painting. Many of these studies were likely created from situations spontaneously arising from the communication between artist and model. This is also the impression conveyed by the present painting which sees the model propping herself up into an upright position and looking intently at the artist with a smiling expression. In this study, Klimt captured the spatial context of the nude depiction with unusual precision, especially by rendering the bed on which the woman is sitting. This was likely the low, broad divan which we know from photographs of Klimt’s studio on Feldmühlgasse in Vienna’s Hietzing district. The fleeting strokes with which this drawing was executed underscore its situational, momentary character.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Seated Female Nude, Supporting Herself with Her Right Hand
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
57×36.8 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1334
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 1912-1918, Salzburg 1984.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 3/1984: 2393

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Ludwig Baldass, Wien (1962); (1)
Dr. Peter Baldass, Wien (1963-1977);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1977-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 179
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. Sitzender weiblicher Akt, sich mit der rechten Hand aufstützend, 1914/15. Dossier vom 31.01.2017; Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 07.06.1977.

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