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Standing Female Nude from the Front (Study for "The Beethoven Frieze," Vienna Secession, 1902)

Artist Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862–1918)
Title Standing Female Nude from the Front (Study for "The Beethoven Frieze," Vienna Secession, 1902) (Stehender weiblicher Akt von vorne)
Date 1902
Medium Black chalk on paper
Dimensions Image: 17 11/16 × 12 7/16 in. (44.9 × 31.6 cm)
Sheet: 17 11/16 × 12 7/16 in. (44.9 × 31.6 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Serge Sabarsky, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 79.117A

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1979, Gift to the Indiana University Art Museum from Serge Sabarsky, New York, NY

after 1968–1979, with Serge Sabarsky Gallery, New York, NY

before 1968, Private Collection, United States [1]

1918–?, Hermine Klimt (1865–1937), Vienna, Austria (by descent from the artist) [2]


[1] As given by Alice Strobl/Walter Koschatzky in their catalogue raisonné: Gustav Klimt: Die Zeichnungen. Vol. 1. Salzburg: Verlag Galerie Welz, 1980–84, cat. no. 794.

[2] Per inscription on the recto. Hermine Franziska Klimt, the artist’s younger sister, was living with him when he died, after which his estate passed into her care; her signature is thus found on the recto of this and numerous other drawings, many of which were sold at auction throughout the early 1930s. It is not known whether the present drawing was still in her possession or already sold at the time of her death.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

October 6–December 23, 2012, "Pioneers and Exiles: German Expressionism at the Indiana University Art Museum," Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN (cat. no. 3)

1978, "Gustav Klimt Zeichnungen," Galerie Würthle, Vienna, Austria (no. 13)

March 26–May 6, 1977, "32 dessins de Gustav Klimt," Galerie Negru, Paris, France (no. 16, illustrated)

1976–1977, "Gustav Klimt: Zeichnungen," Galerie Michael Pabst, Munich, Germany and Vienna, Austria

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