Klimt, Gustav. Fünfundzwanzig Handzeichnungen.

Vienna, (Max Jaffé für) Gilhofer & Ranschburg, 1919.

Royal folio (410 x 605 mm). 2 ff. of text and 25 collotype plates after drawings on matte art paper (7 with colours), each tipped onto thin cream card with a mount as issued. Storedin original half cloth portfolio with Klimt's gilt-printed signature on the upper cover.

 18,500.00

Number 326 of only 500 numbered and 10 deluxe copies. The twenty-five monochrome and coloured drawings show women in mainly erotic scenes. All were from the collection of the Austrian industrialist August Lederer and his wife Serena (a relative of the U.S. journalist Joseph Pulitzer), who together spent a fortune on compiling the most important Klimt collection of their age. Forcibly expropriated by the National Socialists in 1938, a significant part of the trove was stored at Immendorf Castle in Lower Austria, where it appears to have perished in a fire in May 1945.

From the collection of the Swedish painter and photographer Johan Theodor Jönsson with two stamps of his archive foundation. Several mounts a little waterstained or dust-soiled, but generally in excellent condition.

For the history of the Lederer family and their collection see 1) Tina Marie Storkovich, Verbrannte Klimtbilder: Das Puzzle von Immendorf. In: "Die Presse", Print-Ausgabe, 19 Dec. 2015, Spectrum, p. III. 2) Michael Wladika, Egon Schiele, "Die Mutter und die Tochter" 1913. Dossier der Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung zu LM Inv. Nr. 2356.

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