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Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Left, 1904/05

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56×37.4 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This drawing was executed in connection with a larger group of portrait studies, created around 1904/05, which cannot be associated with any specific paintings. All the works from this group, including the present drawing from the Leopold Museum, show female likenesses and bust portraits in strict profile. Alice Strobl linked Klimt’s clear penchant for this type of depiction to the famous profile portraits from the Italian Quattrocento. It is highly probable that Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) would have seen these depictions at an exhibition opening in Berlin in May 1905 at the painting gallery of the former Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum and that they would have made a great impression on him. The majority of the aforementioned portrait studies indeed convey a sense of tranquility and statics reminiscent of the Old Masters, with many of the models portrayed with closed eyes. In contrast to this, the lady’s bust portrait from the Leopold Collection surprises with its dynamic character evoked by the forward movement of the upper body, the wide eyes and the mouth opened as if the model were about to speak.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Left
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56×37.4 cm
Stamp in black lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: H
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna
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: 1289

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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. 254«
  4. Wladika, Dossier, S. 58-60.

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