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Seated Female Nude in Turned Position, c. 1907

Leopold Museum,
Blue crayon on Japanese paper
55.9×36.9 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Alice Strobl subsumed approximately 30 studies created around 1907 into a group on the theme “Nudes and Semi-Nudes in Various Poses”. The present work on paper as well as the drawing Seated Female Nude with Red Hair, Her Arms Crossed Above Her Head from the Leopold Collection form part of this group. As with several other renderings from the group, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created this work using blue crayon, though he dispensed with the striking color accents he often included in crayon drawings, for instance to highlight the drapery. Klimt limited his stylistic means to delicate, continuous lines not only for delineating the outlines of the body but also for rendering the face, hair and drapery, and left the inner surfaces largely blank. Combined with the balanced, pyramid-shaped composition of this model sitting upright and glancing sideways, the drawing exudes a sense of calm confidence.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Seated Female Nude in Turned Position
c. 1907
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Blue crayon on Japanese paper
55.9×36.9 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1335
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: 1627

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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 auf der Blattrückseite 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. 85

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