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Bust Portrait of a Lady in Half Profile from the Right with Sweeping Hairstyle, 1907/08

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.2×37.3 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In 1907/08, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created around 24 known portrait studies, most of which cannot be assigned to any specific painting. The Leopold Museum houses four portrait sketches from this group, including the work Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Left. Alice Strobl associated the present bust portrait of a woman wearing a fashionable, sweeping hairstyle with two further portrait studies showing women with similar hair. According to Strobl, Klimt only broadened the hairstyle retrospectively in all three cases. The present work clearly illustrates how Klimt strengthened the contours in the area of the eyes in a final step by drawing over the thin, confidently placed pencil strokes, thus investing the study with an added esthetic effect.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Half Profile from the Right with Sweeping Hairstyle
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.2×37.3 cm
Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1339
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Jahrhundertkünstler, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger/Sandra Tretter, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 22.06.2018–04.11.2018).
  • 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: 1913

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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. 109

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