The present work is a preparatory study for Klimt’s Beethovenfries from 1902, designed for the Vienna Secession building in conjunction with an exhibition of Max Klinger’s statue of Beethoven in April-June 1902. The figure in the drawing remains on the middle wall of the original frieze now exhibited in the Österreichische Galerie in Untere Belvedere, Vienna.

Gustav Klimt, detail of Beethovenfries, 1902, Österreichische Galerie, Vienna