Seated Female Nude

Seated Female Nude is an original, beautiful, and rare collotype from “Gustav Klimt: Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen”, a limited-edition collection of 25 monochrome and two-color collotypes after drawings by Gustav Klimt.

Published by Gilhofer and Ranschburg, Vienna, July 1919, just one year after Klimt's death, using a sophisticated technique to perfectly reproduce Klimt's pencil strokes. Edition of 500 numbered prints, with the first group numbered I-X and the second numbered 11-500.

This is a superb plate representing a nude woman sitting in a sensual way, realized with a very sure touch and nervous line. Signed on stone on the lower right margin. In excellent conditions, including an ivory-colored cardboard passepartout with light foxing that we wanted to keep in its original state (cm 40 x 59.3).

Original Title: Weiblicher Akt, sitzend.

The original pencil sketch is held at the Lederer Collection, in Vienna, together with the other original drawings of the portfolio.

All the works were printed posthumously, one year after Klimt’s death, by the Kunstanstalt Max Jaffé, a Viennese specialist in fine art collotypes.

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Artist Gustav Klimt
Typology Original Prints
Technique Lithograph
Year 1919
Editor Gilhofer and Ranschburg, Vienna
Image Dimensions (cm) No
Dimensions (cm) 50 x 31
Subject Arts/painters, Big Names, Nude, Portraits, Women

Seated Female Nude is an original, beautiful, and rare collotype from “Gustav Klimt: Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen”, a limited-edition collection of 25 monochrome and two-color collotypes after drawings by Gustav Klimt.

Published by Gilhofer and Ranschburg, Vienna, July 1919, just one year after Klimt's death, using a sophisticated technique to perfectly reproduce Klimt's pencil strokes. Edition of 500 numbered prints, with the first group numbered I-X and the second numbered 11-500.

This is a superb plate representing a nude woman sitting in a sensual way, realized with a very sure touch and nervous line. Signed on stone on the lower right margin. In excellent conditions, including an ivory-colored cardboard passepartout with light foxing that we wanted to keep in its original state (cm 40 x 59.3).

Original Title: Weiblicher Akt, sitzend.

The original pencil sketch is held at the Lederer Collection, in Vienna, together with the other original drawings of the portfolio.

All the works were printed posthumously, one year after Klimt’s death, by the Kunstanstalt Max Jaffé, a Viennese specialist in fine art collotypes.

The complex collotype printing process perfectly rendered Klimt’s remarkably spontaneous drawing style.

This dichromate-based photographic process was invented in 1856, before lithography. The gelatin plates required a very delicate preparation involving light exposure, washing, and drying. Collotype plates could not be re-used: the limited-edition prints from colloid ink were stable and they had no chance of fading like other photographic processes of the time. Later on, lithography replaced this technique, which has now become nearly forgotten.

The importance of this portfolio lies in the aesthetic achievement of capturing the variations of Klimt's style between 1898 and 1917. These drawings of women are suffused by a veil of sexuality, well-accepted by the Viennese society. Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen is erotic material that would circulate privately among Vienna's upper-class men. The emotional fluidity of Klimt’s erotic drawings created and still creates an intense psychological reaction in the viewer.

Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen reveals the female world in Klimt's eyes. He meticulously observes both nubile young girls and craggy old women. His drawings demonstrate his unstoppable creative energy and his expertise in the technique.

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