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Standing Lovers Embracing, Man with Cape. Study for The Kiss, 1907/08

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.3×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Only few preliminary drawings have survived for Gustav Klimt’s (1862–1918) famous painting The Kiss created in 1907/08. No more than around ten studies can be associated today with this painting, one of which is housed by the Leopold Museum. As opposed to the painted version, the female figure is almost invariably rendered naked and standing in this group of drawings. In this respect, the motif is similar to the depiction of the standing couple in Fulfillment from the Stoclet Frieze. A study that can be conclusively associated with the painting The Kiss is a crayon drawing that was reproduced in the portfolio on the 1908 Vienna Kunstschau exhibition, as it shows the lovers standing at the edge of the distinctive precipice that also appears in the painting. The present pencil drawing from the Leopold Museum adheres so closely to the depiction in the aforementioned crayon drawing that one could almost speak of a repetition of the motif. The only element missing in the work from the Leopold Collection is the rich decor of the man’s kimono and the veil-like aureole behind the couple found in the crayon drawing.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Lovers Embracing, Man with Cape. Study for The Kiss
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.3×37.1 cm
Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: H
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1353
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: 1788

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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. 279«
  4. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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