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Seated Female in Turned Position, Bending Forward, 1909/10

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.7×37.2 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In terms of motif, this work on paper is very similar to Gustav Klimt’s (1862–1918) drawn portrait of a lady kept today at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig. One of the few drawings actually dated by Klimt, it was verifiably created in 1910. Though the two works show different degrees of elaboration – the Leipzig drawing appears like an autonomous artwork with its precise forms and colored execution, while the work from the Leopold Museum, with its quickly jotted down strokes, is clearly a study – they might depict the same model, rendered in a similar pose and with a similar hairstyle and facial expression. With its dynamic, fluent drawing style, this depiction of a model wearing an undershirt and looking directly at the beholder conveys a strong sense of immediacy.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Seated Female in Turned Position, Bending Forward
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.7×37.2 cm
Stamp (purple) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: H
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1362
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: 1941

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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 links 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. 267«
  4. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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