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Nike Carrying Flowers in a Color and Non-Color Version. Studies for a Dedication Leaflet for Otto Wagner’s 70th Birthday, 1911

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, gouache, gold paint on Japanese paper
56×37 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
These two designs by Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) were executed for a dedication leaflet created by several artists in celebration of the architect Otto Wagner’s (1841–1918) 70th birthday on 13th July 1911. A photograph of this dedication leaflet, which is now lost, has survived among Egon Schiele’s (1890–1918) estate. The execution of the design largely corresponded to the present study, showing a standing Nike from the front holding flower bouquets in her raised hands. Another study for the dedication leaflet, evidently created a short time earlier, which features no less than six different compositional sketches, shows the figures holding floral wreaths instead of bouquets. In all the variants, the floor-length dress, which has a strict triangular shape, reveals the woman’s naked body between the rich ornamentation. The oval and spiral shapes represent variations of the coat decor found in the group Expectation from the Stoclet Frieze which was executed in 1911 as a mosaic. The triangular shapes in one of the aforementioned design variants, meanwhile, reappear in Fulfillment from the Stoclet Frieze.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Nike Carrying Flowers in a Color and Non-Color Version. Studies for a Dedication Leaflet for Otto Wagner’s 70th Birthday
Art movement
Symbolism, Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Pencil, gouache, gold paint on Japanese paper
56×37 cm
Designated lower right using pencil: für Cießeleur [?] [for chaser]
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1972
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Linie und Form. 100 Meisterzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Franz Smola/Fritz Koreny, Wien 2014 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.05.2014–20.10.2014).
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Verborgene Schätze der österreichischen Aquarellmalerei, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold/Franz Smola, Wien 2010 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien 05.03.2010-24.05.2010).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 2029

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Galerie Würthle, Wien (vor 1962); (1)
Fritz Wotruba , Wien (bis 1975);
Lucy Wotruba, Wien (ab 1975);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

  1. Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Katalog zu: Gustav Klimt. 1862-1918. Zeichnungen, Gedächtnisausstellung 16. Oktober bis 16. Dezember 1962, Wien 1962, Nr. 107
  2. Tobias G. Natter / Elisabeth Leopold (Hrsg.), Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, Ostfildern 2013, S. 235, Nr. Z 49

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