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Reclining Female Nude with Bent Right Leg, Propping Herself Up, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
37.1×56.5 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Alice Strobl numbers this work on paper among a group of nudes and semi-nudes created between 1909 and 1910. In contrast to earlier depictions of especially slim models, the works from this group show that Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) now preferred curvier models who often posed for the artist in a relaxed manner. When rendering the models’ faces, Klimt now dispensed with any kind of idealization, as we can see in this nude study of a woman with a strikingly broad face and narrow eyes, who was possibly depicted in two further studies. Alice Strobl emphasized the compositional quality of this drawing from the Leopold Museum. According to Strobl, Klimt anticipated the oval shape of his 1913 painting The Virgin with this drawing’s conspicuous semi-circular form which is shaped by the continuous line of the back and left leg and is repeated in the edge of the bed visible behind it.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Female Nude with Bent Right Leg, Propping Herself Up
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
37.1×56.5 cm
Stamp (faded) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1351
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: 1957

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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 links unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, Dossier vom 31.01.2018; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 191

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