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Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Outstretched Arms. Study for The Bride, c. 1917

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This work on paper is among the over 100 studies known today for the painting The Bride which Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) started in 1917/18 but was unable to finish. Six of these studies are housed today by the Leopold Museum. The majority of the works show female nudes and semi-nudes in a sleep- or trance-like state. These figures also appear in the painted version in numerous variants and depict different visionary sensations of the sleeping central figure. With this in mind, it becomes clear that the present rendering shows a reclining figure which Klimt viewed from above, as he did in many comparable depictions. The twisted hip movement, the closed eyes and the billowing drapery underscore the model’s ecstatic-enchanted resting position.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Outstretched Arms. Study for The Bride
c. 1917
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.9×37.1 cm
Stamp (faded) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: S
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1373
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Trotzdem Kunst! Österreich 1914-1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Ivan Ristić u.a., Wien 2014 (Ausst-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.05.2014-15.09.2014).
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Klimt persönlich. Bilder - Briefe - Einblicke, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Franz Smola, Wien 2012 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 24.02.2012–27.08.2012).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1912-1918, Salzburg 1984.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 3/1984: 2997

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Helene Donner, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1957-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlass-Stempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne links unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, 31.01.2018; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 166

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