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GUSTAV KLIMT (1862-1918)

Zusammengekauerter Halbakt

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GUSTAV KLIMT (1862-1918)
Zusammengekauerter Halbakt
blue pencil on paper
21 ¾ x 14 3/8 in. (55.2 x 36.4 cm.)
Drawn in 1914-1915
Provenance
Serge Sabarsky, New York, by 1983.
Galerie St. Etienne, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
S. Sabarsky, Gustav Klimt Drawings, New York, 1983, no. 71, p. 123 (illustrated; titled 'Reclining semi-nude with legs drawn up').
A. Strobl, Gustav Klimt, Die Zeichnungen, vol. III, 1912 -1918, Salzburg, 1984, no. 2380, p. 64 (illustrated p. 65).
S. Partsch, Klimt: Life and Work, London, 1989, p. 140 (illustrated; titled 'Hurdled figure').
"Sex. Wie krieg' ich endlich, was ich will", in Journal für die Frau, no. 2, 13 January 1993, p. 139 (illustrated).
Exhibited
Tokyo, Isetan Museum of Art, Gustav Klimt, January - February 1981, no. 79 (illustrated).
Rome, Pinacoteca Capitolina, Gustav Klimt: 100 disegni, July - October 1983, no. 71 (illustrated); this exhibition later travelled to Milan, Palazzo della Permanente, January - February 1984; Bolzano/Bozen, Castel Mareccio/Schloß Maretsch, March - May 1984.
Vienna, Historischen Museums der Stadt Wien, Gustav Klimt: Zeichnungen aus amerikanischem Privatbesitz ausgewählt von Serge Sabarsky und aus Bestände des Historischen Museums der Stadt Wien, July - September 1984, no. 83, p. 78 (illustrated again p. 131; titled 'Liegender Halbakt mit angezogenen Knien'); this exhibition later travelled to Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, September - November 1984; Munich, Museum Villa Stuck, November 1984 - January 1985; and Linz, Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, Wolfgang-Gurlitt-Museum, February - April 1985.
Bottrop, Josef Albers Museum, Quadrat Bottrop, Gustav Klimt: 100 Zeichnungen, June - August 1985.
Florence, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Gustav Klimt: 100 disegni, January - April 1986; this exhibition later travelled to Naples, Accademia di Belle Arti, April - June 1986; and Trento, Castello Ivano, June 1986, no. 71.
Martigny, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Gustav Klimt, November 1986 - January 1987, no. 71.
Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Gustav Klimt: 100 Zeichnungen, February - March 1987; this exhibition later travelled to Graz, Schloß Plankenwarth, July - August 1987; Halbturn, Schloß Halbturn, May - October 1988; and Rosenheim, Städtische Galerie Rosenheim, February - April 1989, no. 71.
New York, Nassau County Museum of Art, Gustav Klimt, June - October, 1989.
Frankfurt, Galerie Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst, Gustav Klimt: 100 Zeichnungen, October - November 1990, no. 55, p. 140 (illustrated n.p.); this exhibition later travelled to Düren, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, January - March 1991; Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, Gustav Klimt, November 1991 - March 1992, no. 71 (illustrated); Tel Aviv, Museum of Art, April - May 1992; Cracow, Palacu Sztuki, June - July 1992; Villingen-Schwenningen, Städtische Galerie Lovis-Kabinett, July - September 1992, no. 55; Charleston S.C., Gibbes Museum of Art, May - June 1993; Passau, Museum moderner Kunst, June - August 1994, no. 55; Paris, Musée-Galerie de la Seita, October - November 1994; Koblenz, Mittelrhein Museum Koblenz, June - August 1996; Klagenfurt, Städtische Galerie Klagenfurt, May - September 1997; Prague, Císaiská konírna, May - July 1995.
Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst, Hommage à Serge Sabarsky. Klimt. Kokoschka. Schiele. Aquarelle und Zeichnungen, October - November 1997, no. 23, p. 122 (illustrated).
Copenhagen, Kunstforeningen, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, February - May 2002, no. 30, p. 45 (illustrated).
Lleida, Social y Cultural de Lleida, Gustav Klimt Dibuixos, September 2008 - March 2009, p. 115 (illustrated); this exhibition later travelled to Tarragona, Caixaforum, December 2008 - March 2009.
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Lot essay

According to his contemporaries, Klimt’s studio, a private domain reserved for the artist, his models and a very selected circle of colleagues and patrons, was a harem-like place with lounging nude or semi-clothed models always available to pose, or to be sketched in repose. Drawing from the nude was fundamental to Klimt’s practice throughout his career, and many of these drawings related to specific allegorical paintings; figures that appear draped in the oils often began as nudes drawn onto the canvas, which were then ‘clothed’ with paint. However, it is not always clear whether the drawings served as studies for a pre-determined allegorical subject, or its inspiration.


Zusammengekauerter Halbakt (Crouched half-nude) is among a group of drawings that may be related to Klimt’s painting of the mythological character Leda, completed in 1917 and destroyed in the fire at Schloss Immendorf during the Nazi retreat in 1945, and it is also reminiscent of the erotic Japanese woodcuts that interested Klimt. In contrast to the painting, which pictured the figure lying face-down with legs tucked beneath her body, the present drawing shows the model lying on her side with her legs tucked up, her knees almost touch her face, creating an oval shape that is emphasized by the fabric beneath her. She is seen from below, a position that draws the viewer’s attention to her buttocks, thighs and genitals.


Zusammengekauerter Halbakt is further distinguished by Klimt’s rare use of blue crayon, which gives the image an ethereal quality, despite the erotic subject matter. The figure, suspended in the upper half of the picture plane, seems as though it might float from view. Her hands clasped below her chin, the model seems lost in thought or preoccupied with some distant worry, suggesting Klimt’s intent to explore both the senses and the psyche.

Lot Essay Header Image: Present lot illustrated (detail).

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