Nude in Profile Inclined to the Right with Leg Raised
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Pencil on paper 55 x 36.8 cm Strobl WV no 1624 Provenance: Collection R. I. Mayer Auction 110 Klipstein und Kornfeld, Bern 1964 Collection Prof. Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Vienna Exhibitions: The Piccadilly Gallery, London 1973 Spencer A. Samuels, New York 1974 Literature: Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen. Vol. II: Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982, ill. p. 127, cat. no 1624 In his inaugural speech for the opening of the Vienna Kunstschau in 1908, which is also considered to be the programmatic speech of the so-called Klimt-Group which split off the Secession only three years earlier, Klimt mentioned that his primary concern was with the balance of forms, with harmony and beauty. The drawing at hand combines these three artistic claims exemplarily. Klimt depicted the young woman’s slender and attractive body in mid movement. By bending forward, she allows an intimate vista of her naked body. At the same time her belly and face are mostly hidden. In combination with her slightly upward pushed breasts this position creates the impression of a snapshot with incredible tension. In this drawing Klimt put a lot of emphasis on a continuous outline, achieved by his steady and confident layout of the line, thereby filling the naked female body with life and tingly eroticism. Noteworthy is also the abandonment of most of the interior drawing. However, liveliness and plasticity are still being achieved by striking concentrations of lines exterior to the body.