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Portrait of a Woman, 1898 - 1900

Leopold Museum,
Chalk on paper
40.8×25.9 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The painter and graphic artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created this portrait of a woman in 1900. He depicted the unidentified model in strict profile and positioned the female half figure in a vertical format. Klimt drew the portrait in black, brown and white chalk, with parallel hatching that was partially smudged to create an almost pastel-like impression. While the high-necked garment is rendered in black and the pinned-up hair in brown, Klimt used the color of the paper to create the complexion of the face. Before he began his actual working process, he seems to have folded the sheet of paper to make the depiction appear as if it had been put in a passe-partout. In some places, Klimt kept to the frame thus created, in many other places, he did not. This gives the depiction a spontaneous and atmospheric character, despite its fine details. In its format, motif and technique, the work resembles another similar work on paper in the Leopold collection, which was created a little earlier, in 1897/98, and is titled Bust Portrait of a Young Lady with Hat and Cape in Profile to the Left.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Portrait of a Woman
1898 - 1900
Art movement
Art Nouveau
Graphic work
Chalk on paper
40.8×25.9 cm
Signed and dated lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT 1900.
Credit line of the permanent loan
Private collection
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Jahrhundertkünstler, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger/Sandra Tretter, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 22.06.2018–04.11.2018).

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