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Standing and Kneeling Female Nudes Embracing, c. 1917

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.6×37 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
While the present drawing was not included in Alice Strobl’s catalogue raisonné, it can be considered without a doubt to be a work by Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) owing to the estate stamp and the type of depiction. Additionally, the reverse side features detailed sketches of a shoe and an underskirt that can be unequivocally ascribed to Klimt’s work Portrait of Friederike Maria Beer, created between November 1915 and February 1916. The front side of the work shows a standing naked woman with a half-grown girl clinging to her waist. The girl has her arm wrapped around the woman’s waist, while the woman has placed her arm on the girl’s shoulder. The standing woman not only corresponds to the female type Klimt depicted in the studies for his 1917/18 unfinished painting Adam and Eve but also shows motivic similarities to these studies, including the softly contoured hip, the rendering of the pubic area and the hand touching the hair. This suggests that the work was created around 1917, despite the fact that the depiction on the reverse side dates back to 1915/16.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing and Kneeling Female Nudes Embracing
c. 1917
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil on Japanese paper
56.6×37 cm
Stamp (faded) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS; designated lower right: H
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1971
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).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Unbekannte Privatsammlung (1918-1990); (2)
Auktion: 04.12.1990, Christie’s London, sale Marcel-4424, Lot 146;
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien, (1990-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlass-Stempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne links unten
  2. Christie’s London, Katalog zur Auktion vom 04.12.1990, S. 78, Lot 146: „Mutter und Tochter […] Purchased directly from the artist by the grandfather of the present owner.“
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Fax von Mag. Andrea Jungmann (Sotheby´s Wien) an Mag. Gabriele Simak (LMPS) vom 21.12.2000

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