Weiblicher Akt mit langen Haaren (Studie für "Jurisprudenz"), 1902/03.
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Weiblicher Akt mit langen Haaren (Studie für "Jurisprudenz"). 1902/03. Black Chalks. Not in Strobl. Lower left inscribed "Nachlaß meines Bruders Gustav Hermine Klimt" by the artist's sister. On brown packing paper. 44.8 x 27.7 cm (17.6 x 10.9 in), size of sheet. [EL].
We are grateful to Dr. Marian Bisanz-Prakken, Albertina, Vienna, for her kind support with the classification and date determination of this work. The sheet will be included into the supplement volume of the catalog raisonné of drawings by Klimt, published by Alice Strobl.
PROVENANCE: Collection Emil Ranzenhofer, Vienna. Galerie St. Etienne, New York. Collection Budd Hopkins, New York.
Around the turn of the century Klimt developed a new ornamental and decorative style for his wall and ceiling decorations at the Vienna University. He combined the naturally rendered physical forms with abstract, mosaic-like colorful surface patterns. The university's directorate strongly objected his work and a legal dispute followed. In 1905 he had to pay his fees back but kept the rights to his designs. This drawing is a study for the image of the law faculty (Novotny/Dobai 128). Klimt composed the elegant and elongated filigree figure with just a few poised lines and thus delivers proof of his graphic mastery.