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GUSTAV KLIMT Umarmendes Paar.
Pencil on paper, circa 1907-08. 542x371 mm; 21 3/8x14 5/8 inches. With the artist's ink estate stamp, bottom right recto.
Marian Bisanz-Prakken, the Albertina, Vienna, will include this work in the supplement to Alice Strobl's catalogue raisonné of Gustav Klimt's drawings.
Provenance: Private European collection; gifted to the current owner, private collection, New York, 1987.
Klimt (1862-1918), a leader of the Vienna Secession movement, rejected the academic style that was prevalent in Austria and most of Europe at the turn of the century. His artwork often incorporated undulating contour lines and stylized forms as well as heavy ornamentation and symbolism. This individual expression was lauded by Vienna's cultural circles in the last decade of the 19th century and the early 1900s and served as a significant influence on Klimt's younger contemporaries. This drawing relates to Klimt's most recognized work, The Kiss and another painting, Fulfillment, as he was developing compositions for similar themes at the time.