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Two Female Nudes Embracing, 1903/04

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk on brown paper
44.9×32 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Alice Strobl associated the present rendering of two embracing female nudes with the depictions of lovers Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) explored during this time for his Stoclet Frieze and for the paintings The Kiss and Death and Life, without referring to it as a preliminary study for any specific work. However, taking into account clues offered by Stephan Pumberger, Marian Bisanz Prakken concluded that the work should be dated around 1903/04. In the rendering, Klimt investigated the formal appeal of the intertwined limbs, and apparently sounded out different phases of movement, as the middle one of the three calves visible in the lower half of the painting cannot be convincingly assigned to either of the two women.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Two Female Nudes Embracing
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Black chalk on brown paper
44.9×32 cm
Stamp (black) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: A
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1344
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: 1937

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Rudolf Staechelin, Basel (o.D.-1931); (2)
Rudolf Staechelin´sche Familienstiftung, Basel (1931-1977); (3)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1977-1994); (4)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlass-Stempel: »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne rechts unten.
  2. Michael Wladika, Dossier zu 11 Blättern von Gustav Klimt mit der Provenienz Rudolf Staechelin vom 31.01.2018, S. 61.
  3. Stempel auf der Blattrückseite links unten: »RUD. STAECHELINʼSCHE / FAMILIENSTIFTUNG / Inv. Nr. 278«
  4. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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