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Reclining Baby, Bedded on a Cushion. Study for Baby, 1917

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, white chalk, red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
36.9×55.7 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This drawing was created as a direct preliminary study for the painting Baby. Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) started to work on this painting on 11th August 1917 and exhibited it already in September 1917 at an exhibition in Stockholm. This work process was unusually fast for Klimt. The present study was likely created not much earlier. Elements such as the direct gaze of the infant, captured from a slight bottom view, the position of the right hand and the drapery of the dress colored with crayons, were all transferred into the painting. However, Alice Strobl did not exclude the possibility that this drawing of a baby could have been created in connection with the painting The Bride created at the same time. This latter painting does indeed also feature the face of an infant surrounded by drapery, though its eyes are closed and its hands are not visible. A notable feature of this study is the block signature, placed in a prominent position, which suggests that Klimt had found a buyer for this drawing.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Reclining Baby, Bedded on a Cushion. Study for Baby
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil, white chalk, red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
36.9×55.7 cm
Signed lower left using pencil: GUSTAV KLIMT
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1973
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. 1878 bis 1918, Salzburg 1989.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 4/1989: 3731

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Karl & Faber Kunstauktionen GmbH, München (vor 1989); (1)
Auktion: 27.11.1991, Karl & Faber Kunstauktionen GmbH, München, 182. Auktion, Los Nr. 751
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1991-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum – Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen. 1878-1918 Nachtrag, Salzburg 1989, S. 206, Nr. 3731
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. Liegendes Baby, auf einen Polster gebettet. Studie zu „Baby“, Dossier vom 31.01.2019

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