Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
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Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)

Studie für Die Freundinnen

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Studie für Die Freundinnen
with the Gustav Klimt Nachlass stamp (lower right)
pencil on simili-Japan paper
22 1/8 x 14¼ in. (56.3 x 36.4 cm.)
Drawn circa 1916-1917
Galleria Galatea, Turin.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
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The present work will appear in the supplement volume V of Alice Strobel's Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings by Gustave Klimt, to be published by Dr. Marian Bisanz-Prakken at the Albertina, Vienna.

Lot Essay

Dr Marian Bisanz- Prakken has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which will be included in her forthcoming supplement to the catalogue raisonné.

This drawing is a rediscovered variation of the subject seen in numbers 2751 - 2812 in A. Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1912-1918, vol. III, Salzburg, 1982 (illustrated pp. 182-171). According to Dr Bisanz-Prakken, it was drawn circa 1916-17 and is one of the preliminary studies for the now destroyed painting Die Freundinnen which Klimt executed circa 1916-1917, (cf. F. Novotny & J. Dobai Gustav Klimt, Salzburg, 1975, no. 201 (fig. 1, illustrated pl. 104)).

fig. 1 Gustav Klimt, Die Freundinnen, circa 1916-17 (destroyed in 1945 in Schloss Immendorf)

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