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
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Pencil and white chalk on Japanese paper
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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.

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