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Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Left, 1907/08

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
55.9×37 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
There are around 24 known portrait studies that Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created in 1907/08 which, for the most part, cannot be assigned to any specific paintings. Four portrait sketches from this group, among them Bust Portrait of a Lady in Half Profile from the Right with Sweeping Hairstyle, are owned by the Leopold Museum. Alice Strobl identified the model in the present drawing, rendered in a strict profile, in three further studies. Klimt placed trenchant color accents with red and blue crayon within the pencil contours. In the line of the face’s profile, especially, the contours are invested with a relief-like severity underscored by the background hatching. The work features a block signature which was likely not created by the artist’s own hand but looks like a faded signature retraced by a foreign hand.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Bust Portrait of a Lady in Profile from the Left
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil, red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
55.9×37 cm
Signed lower left using pencil: GUSTAV KLIMT [by the artist’s own hand?]
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1969
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: 1901

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Provenance research
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Felix Landau, Los Angeles (o.D.);
Billy Wilder, Los Angeles (o.D.); (1)
Galerie Godfrey Pilkington, London (o.D.);
Galerie L’Art Ancienne, Zürich (1965);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen. 1878-1918 Nachtrag, Bd. 4, Salzburg 1989, S. 247, Nr. 1901
  2. Tobias G. Natter / Elisabeth Leopold (Hrsg.), Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, Ostfildern 2013, S. 232, Nr. Z 40

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