13 May 1999
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Stehender Akt von vorne, die Hnde an der linken Schulter
signed with initials 'G.K.' (lower left)
black chalk on tan paper
Drawn in 1902
M. Knoedler, Zurich
Galerie Berggruen, Paris
Galerie Nichido, Paris
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A. Strobl, Gustav Klimt: Die Zeichnungen, Salzburg, 1989, vol. IV (Nachtrag 1878-1918), p. 112, no. 3453a (illustrated, p.113).
Paris, Galerie Berggruen, Gustav Klimt, Vingt Dessins, 1984 (illustrated).
This drawing is a study for the central Gorgon at the left side of the 'Hostile Powers' section of Klimt's Beethovenfries, 1902 (Dobai no. 127; The Erich Lederer Collection, sterreichische Galerie, Vienna). This decorative frieze was painted in three sections for adjacent walls at the Viennese Secession building, in conjunction with the 1902 exhibition of Max Klinger's statue of Beethoven.
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