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Woman in Kimono, left shoulder bare

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This sketch holds a secret: it is a posthumous portrait. The subject, Maria ("Ria") Munk, had taken her own life several years earlier. Klimt painted a small portrait of the young woman on her deathbed. He made this drawing in preparation for a larger painting of Ria that remained incomplete at...

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Inscription

Recto lower right, in graphite pencil: 258. Verso lower left, in graphite pencil: K/214

Marks

Verso lower right, stamped in purple ink: Gustav / Klimt / Nachlass

Provenance

By the 1950s, within the family of Hanna Friedenstein, Lexington, MA, and passed by descent; 2006, gift of Hanna Friedenstein to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 2006)

Credit Line

Gift of Hanna Friedenstein

1917–18

Catalogue Raisonné

Strobl 2608

Dimensions

Sheet: 50.1 x 32.2 cm (19 3/4 x 12 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2006.1930

Medium or Technique

Graphite pencil on Asian-style paper ("Japan" vellum)

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