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    Sale 1996

    Impressionist And Modern Works On Paper

    7 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 132

    Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)

    Mädchen im Profil

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    Estimate

    Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
    Mädchen im Profil
    bears inscription (lower right)
    charcoal, black Conté crayon and pencil on paper
    14 x 9 7/8 in. (35.6 x 25.1 cm.)
    Drawn circa 1887-1888


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    Dr. Marian Bisanz-Prakken will include this drawing in her forthcoming supplement volume of the drawings of Gustav Klimt.

    The present drawing is a recently discovered portrait study related to Klimt's decorative wall paintings at the Vienna Burgtheater. This study was most likely prepared for Theater Shakespeares: Romeo und Juliet (Novotny and Dobai, no. 39 and Weidinger, no. 64; fig. 1), a ceiling painting Klimt executed for the Burgtheater in 1886-1888, which is currently situated in the southern staircase of the theatre.

    (fig. 1) Gustav Klimt, Theater Shakespeares, 1886-1888. Ceiling painting at the Burgtheater, Vienna.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner, 2005.