Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)
Striding Female Figure
Unsigned, with estate stamp (Lugt, 1575) applied to the reverse.
Red pencil on Japan paper, 22 x 14 1/2 in. (56.0 x 37.0 cm),framed.
Condition: Gentle rippling, slight curling to left and right edges, dog-ear creases near corners, scattered creases.
Provenance: Nielsen Gallery, Boston, to the current private Massachusetts collection, 1977.
Literature: Alfred Werner, Gustav Klimt, one hundred drawings (New York: Dover Publications, 1972),no. 42; Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt: die Zeichnungen, Volume II, 1904-1912 (Salzburg, Austria: Verlag Galerie Welz, 1982),catalog no. 1542 (illus. p. 113).
N.B. Renowned for his ornate, highly stylized, and brilliantly colored paintings including The Kiss (1908-1909, Belvedere, Vienna) and Adele Bloch-Bauer I (also known as Woman in Gold, 1907, Neue Galerie, New York),Gustav Klimt was also a prolific draughtsman. He crafted his drawings with a deft economy of line, creating elegant, loosely stylized images with little of the dense intricacy of his paintings. The subjects of his drawings are predominantly nude females, some erotic and others, like this example, more academic. He regularly included his drawings in exhibitions, and certainly considered them more than preparatory works for his paintings; however, he rarely signed or dated drawings. In her catalogue raisonné of Klimt's drawings, Alice Strobl dates this work to circa 1906, when Klimt produced a series of drawings of nude female models striding, reminiscent of the figures of a classical frieze.
Framed dimensions: 32 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.
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