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Standing Female Nude from the Left, Head in Lost Profile. Study for The Girlfriends II, c. 1915

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.3 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
According to Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created first studies for his 1916/17 painting The Girlfriends II already in early 1915. He continued executing studies for the painting the following year, and some can even be found in the sketchbook Klimt kept during the second half of 1917. According to Strobl, the present drawing, which is one of two studies for the painting The Girlfriends II kept at the Leopold Museum, is part of the earliest series of sketches. Typical hallmarks of these early studies include the emphasis on three-dimensionality through parallel, hatched contours which can be seen particularly clearly in the present work on paper. In this drawing, Klimt highlighted the muscular, ephebic type of woman characteristic of all the studies for The Girlfriends II.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Female Nude from the Left, Head in Lost Profile. Study for The Girlfriends II
c. 1915
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.3 cm
Stamp (faded, retraced using pencil) lower right: [G]USTAV [K]LIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1354
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 1912-1918, Salzburg 1984.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 3/1984: 2770

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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 rechts unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, 31.01.2018

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