Reclining semi-nude facing left, Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt
Reclining semi-nude facing left
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Gustav Klimt

Reclining semi-nude facing left, 1914 – 1915

373 x 569 mm
Physical Description
Pencil and white chalk on Japanese paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17900 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Her eyes closed, a faint smile on her lips, her pose and body language relaxed and uninhibited—the model Klimt captured with dynamically varied pencil lines and a bit of white chalk seems completely at one with herself. It is a sensitive representation of an intimate act, but not at the cost of the directness so characteristic of Klimt. He had been studying the taboo topic of feminine autoeroticism in numerous drawings of this kind since 1912.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

Work Data

Basic Information

Reclining semi-nude facing left
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil and white chalk on Japanese paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts (möglicherweise von fremder Hand, mit Bleistift): GVSTAV / KLIMT
Captions Added Later
Verso nummeriert und bezeichnet entlang der rechten Blattkante unten (mit Bleistift): 50[?]72 / Jo [?]/50.5
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Strobl 2400a

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 31A14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude
  • 31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31AA236 lying figure - AA - female human figure

Research and Discussion


Object History
Walter Andreas Hofer (1893-1971), München
Verst. Kunstkabinett R. N. Ketterer, Stuttgart, an Eberhard W. Kornfeld, Bern, 25.-27. November 1952
Verst. Gutekunst und Klipstein, Bern, an Karl Ströher (1890-1977), Darmstadt, 24. November 1955 (Los-Nr. 36)
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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