Frau mit durchsichtigem Gewand [Woman in Transparent Drapery]
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Frau mit durchsichtigem Gewand [Woman in Transparent Drapery] about 1902
This drawing is believed to be a study for the frieze Klimt painted in the central hall of Secession building in Vienna in 1902. The frieze was part of a group exhibition which paid tribute to Beethoven, and accompanied a controversial sculpture of the composer by Max Klinger. Klimt chose Richard Wagner’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as the theme for the frieze. The drawing was originally thought to show a standing woman, but it in fact relates closely to a number of similar studies of a woman lying down.

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Frieze

Derived from an element in classical architecture, it is used broadly to refer to any decorative horizontal band running along a wall or piece of furniture.

Frieze

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  • Acc. No. GMA 1249
  • Medium Black chalk on paper
  • Size 31.90 x 45.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1971