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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Gustav Klimt
KAUERNDER HALBAKT IN RÜCKENANSICHT NACH RECHTS (SEMI-NUDE CROUCHING DOWN SEEN FROM THE BACK AND TURNED TO THE RIGHT)
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100,000150,000
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249

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Gustav Klimt
KAUERNDER HALBAKT IN RÜCKENANSICHT NACH RECHTS (SEMI-NUDE CROUCHING DOWN SEEN FROM THE BACK AND TURNED TO THE RIGHT)
Estimate
100,000150,000
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Gustav Klimt
1862 - 1918
KAUERNDER HALBAKT IN RÜCKENANSICHT NACH RECHTS (SEMI-NUDE CROUCHING DOWN SEEN FROM THE BACK AND TURNED TO THE RIGHT)
Stamped with the Nachlass mark (lower right)
Blue pencil on paper
22 by 14 5/8 in.
56 by 37 cm
Executed circa 1917-18.
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Provenance

Annemarie Düringer, Vienna (acquired circa 1970s and sold by the estate: Sotheby's, London, June 25, 2015, lot 524)
Acquired at the above sale 

Exhibited

Vienna, Christian M. Nebehay Company, Gustav Klimt, 56 Zeichnungen, 1967, no. 56, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt, Die Zeichnungen 1912-1918, vol. III, Salzburg, 1984, no. 3015, illustrated p. 221

Catalogue Note

In contrast to Klimt's earlier renditions of the female nude, the present depiction bears signs of his artistic sophistication and maturity of style. Explicitly erotic, without any assigned narrative, the model is presented as the viewer's object of desire. At the same time, the sitter's pose reflects the sharpness of the artist's eye as well as his natural sense of draftsmanship. Of these drawings, Rainer Metzger notes, "Klimt gives pride of his own gaze, the gaze of the artist and expert, the male and the master which is directed at the woman that he sketches. Accordingly, these women do not return the gaze... Klimt became nothing but an eye, nothing but a hand, purely from the feeling that moved and enraptured him, was in love with the nature of his subject and he let himself be carried away without restraint" (Rainer Metzger, Gustav Klimt, Drawings and Watercolours, London, 2005, p. 207).

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