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Female Head in Half Profile from the Left, c. 1916

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
57×37.5 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Like so many of the portrait studies Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) executed between 1915 and 1916, the present work cannot be associated with a specific portrait painting. The Leopold Collection contains three such anonymous portrait studies from this period. The depiction is limited to a half profile from a slight bottom view, without any indication of the neck and upper body which usually appear in the artist’s portrait studies. The chronology compiled by Alice Strobl shows that the model’s face apparently reappears in other works on paper, suggesting that Klimt was especially interested in her facial features. The artist captured the oval relief of the head and its foreshortening by means of only a few strokes and with remarkable confidence, while the corrections around the chin illustrate Klimt’s spontaneous method of drawing.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Female Head in Half Profile from the Left
c. 1916
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
57×37.5 cm
Stamp (black) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: A
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1338
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: 2722

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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

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