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Parrot (Macaw) from the Left. Study from a Former Sketchbook, c. 1883

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on machine-made paper
17.6×10.2 cm


  • Ernst Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna 1864–1892 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This nature study of a parrot belongs to a group of 15 drawings in which Ernst Klimt (1864–1892) captured a macaw and a small parrot. Almost all of these bird studies, which were once part of one of Klimt’s sketchbooks that was subsequently divided into individual sheets, are now owned by the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Only the present work belongs to the Leopold Museum. The original sketchbook contained 36 drawings, 27 of which are kept today at the archives of the University of Applied Arts Vienna and nine at 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. In the present bird study, the artist captured the bird’s plumage with swift, confident strokes and invested some parts, such as the eye and claws, with great focus and sharpness.

Object data

Parrot (Macaw) from the Left. Study from a Former Sketchbook
c. 1883
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on machine-made paper
17.6×10.2 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1370
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: 3245

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

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

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

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