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Standing Lady from the Right, Her Hands Covered by Her Shawl. Study for Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, 1904

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk on Japanese paper
55.2×34.9 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The 1905 painting Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein is accompanied by some 30 extant studies. As we know from correspondence, the artist started work on this series in 1904. For these studies, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) first used Japanese paper instead of brown paper, while still adhering to chalk which he would soon exchange for the thinner pencil. This resulted in a very special effect. The design stage captured in this work on paper comes very close to the executed painting, though the depiction of the model appears inverted compared to the final version. The similarities include the overall contour of the dress, which broadens towards the bottom both in the study and the painting, and the patterned shawl, though Klimt scaled back this motif to expose the model’s shoulders in the painting. While the depicted is looking directly at the beholder in almost all the studies, the painted work sees her gazing into the distance.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Lady from the Right, Her Hands Covered by Her Shawl. Study for Portrait of Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Black chalk on Japanese paper
55.2×34.9 cm
Purple stamp lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1352
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: 1267

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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, 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. 94

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