About this artwork

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.

  • title:
    Frau mit durchsichtigem Gewand [Woman in Transparent Drapery]
  • accession number:
    GMA 1249
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  • materials:
    Black chalk on paper
  • date created:
    About 1902
  • measurements:
    31.90 x 45.30 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1971

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt