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Female Semi-Nude Lying on Her Front from the Right with Ruff. Study for Water Snakes II, 1st Version, 1904

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
34.9×54.9 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This drawing can be linked to the group of reclining female nudes that Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) executed in connection with the first version of his painting Water Snakes II created in 1904. Three of these studies, among them Female Semi-Nude Lying on Her Front from the Right, are housed by the Leopold Museum. In the present drawing, the reclining nude with closed eyes covers herself with a ruche-trimmed stole that Klimt often gave to his nudes. Alice Strobl suspected that the model was identical to that in the Leopold Museum’s drawing Reclining Female Semi-Nude from the Right with Raised Dress. According to Strobl, both drawings, which are characterized by extremely thin, especially precise contours, can be linked to the group of drawings, dated 1904, which Franz Blei included in his 1907 publication Lucian’s Dialogues of the Courtesans. One of these drawings also forms part of the Leopold Collection.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Female Semi-Nude Lying on Her Front from the Right with Ruff. Study for Water Snakes II, 1st Version
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
34.9×54.9 cm
Stamp lower right: WSG [Walter Glaas], numbered lower left vertically: 150
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1358
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 bis 1918, Salzburg 1989.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 4/1989: 3565

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918);
Franziska Klimt, Wien (ab 1918-1943); (1)
Walter Glaas, Wien (bis 1972); (2)
Helene Glaas, Wien (1972-1988);
Auktion: 15.12.1988, Dorotheum Wien, Meisterzeichnungen von 1880 bis 1940, Los Nr. 2303;
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1988-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Nachlassbestätigung »Zeichnung von Gustav Klimt bestätigt von Franziska Klimt« auf der Rückseite rechts; Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt (LM 1317 und LM 1358) vom 31.01.2017
  2. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen. 1878-1918 Nachtrag, Salzburg 1989, Nr. 3565; Sammlerstempel »WSG [Walter Glaas]« vorne rechts unten
  3. Niederacher, Dossier

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