His erotic nature – surrender to the material and at the same time its mastery – makes Klimt a prophet of female beauty. Thousands of drawings speak of how deeply he was immersed in this cult… The drawings establish his most incontestable claim to the title of mastership; their suppleness quivering with feeling is unparalleled in the whole of art today.

— Hans Tietze, 1918 on Klimt’s drawings