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Rosebuds. Study from a Former Sketchbook, c. 1883

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on machine-made paper
17.7×10.7 cm


  • Ernst Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna1864–1892 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This nature study of a rose belongs to a group of eleven rose studies, which according to the latest findings, were once contained in one of Gustav Klimts younger brother Ernst (1864–1892) sketchbooks and were subsequently divided into individual sheets. Eight of these sketches are housed today by the Leopold Museum. The works on paper show nature studies of roses and parrots, as well as copies of paintings from the picture gallery and armaments from the weapons collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The artist’s rose studies impress with their great variability which ranges from the highest degree of graphic meticulousness to mere sketch-like hatching within one and the same drawing.

Object data

Rosebuds. Study from a Former Sketchbook
c. 1883
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on machine-made paper
17.7×10.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1369
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: 3268

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1980-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994)

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt. Neun Studien aus einem ehemaligen Skizzenbuch, um 1883, 31.01.2019, S. 3.

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