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Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Closed Eyes. Study for The Bride, c. 1917

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, white chalk on Japanese paper
56.7×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The present work on paper is part of a comprehensive group of studies for the painting The Bride which Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) worked on in 1917/18 and left behind unfinished in his studio. Six of these studies are kept today at the Leopold Museum. The present drawing represents a draft for the ecstatic nude in the right half of the painting. The convulsive movements of the model’s arms, hands and neck herald the ecstatic contortions that are so characteristic for the figure in the painting. As in the painted version, the head inclined to the side with closed eyes is half covered by the pushed-up drapery. The especially liberal and detached strokes are enriched in the area of the drapery through the use of white crayon. The Leopold Museum owns two further studies for this figure, among them Back View of a Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Raised Arms.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Female Semi-Nude with Closed Eyes. Study for The Bride
c. 1917
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil, white chalk on Japanese paper
56.7×37.1 cm
Stamp (faded) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: B H
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1379
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).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1912-1918, Salzburg 1984.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 3/1984: 3069

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Charles de Burlet, Basel (bis 1956);
Galerie Kornfeld, Bern und Christian Nebehay, Wien (1956-1958);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1958-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlassstempel: »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« auf der Vorderseite rechts unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. Liegender weiblicher Halbakt mit geschlossenen Augen. Studie zu „Die Braut“, um 1917. Dossier vom 31.01.2017

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