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Head of a Naked Floating Female. Study for a Transfer Sketch for Medicine, c. 1900

Leopold Museum,
White chalk, red and blue crayon on brown paper
44.8×30.7 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Alice Strobl ascertained that this female nude, floating with outstretched arms and viewed from below, is the study for a figure that is clearly discernible in the transfer sketch for the Faculty Painting Medicine Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) executed in 1900. This figure is situated directly above the male nude from behind rising up in the center of the depiction with an outstretched left arm. In the painted version, executed immediately after the transfer sketch, this female figure differs significantly from that in the original study. A remarkable feature of this work on paper is that it was created using an intricate mix of red and blue crayon, especially given the highly fragmentary character of the motif.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Head of a Naked Floating Female. Study for a Transfer Sketch for Medicine
c. 1900
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
White chalk, red and blue crayon on brown paper
44.8×30.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1349
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 1878-1903, Salzburg 1980.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 1/1980: 564

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Magda Mautner-Markhof, Wien, später Magda Grasmayr, Salzburg (o.D.);
Dr. Klaus Grasmayr, Salzburg (1944-1954);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1954-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1878-1903, Bd. 1, Salzburg 1980, S. 180, Nr. 564; Michael Wladika, Dossier „LM Inv. Nr. „1343, 1347, 1348, 1349“ vom 31.01.2018; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 31

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