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Frontal View of a Seated Lady with Ornamented Shawl. Study for Portrait of Margarethe Constance Lieser, 1917

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
49.9×32.3 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The present drawing is one of 21 known portrait studies for the painting Portrait of Margarethe Constance Lieser which Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) started in 1917 but was unable to finish. The studies were all likely created between April and May 1917 when, according to Klimt’s sketchbook, the portrayed visited the artist’s studio. Some of these studies show the depicted standing, as she also appears in the painted version, while others, including the present study from the Leopold Museum, show her sitting. The manner in which Klimt carefully approached the contours through delicate, broken up lines vividly illustrates the sensitivity of the artist’s strokes in his late drawings. Additionally, the drawing anticipates some of the flower ornaments for the dress’s flower pattern which Klimt did not manage to fully elaborate in the painting.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Frontal View of a Seated Lady with Ornamented Shawl. Study for Portrait of Margarethe Constance Lieser
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
49.9×32.3 cm
Signatur ENG: Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1340
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • 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 1912-1918, Salzburg 1984.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 3/1984: 2603

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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. 184

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