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Standing Pregnant Woman in Patterned Dress in Profile from the Left. Study for Hope II (Vision), 1904/05

Leopold Museum,
Pencil, black chalk on Japanese paper
56.2×37 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
This work on paper is one of numerous studies Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) executed for his painting Hope II (Vision). Though the painting was not created until 1907/08, the studies must be dated back to 1904/05 for stylistic reasons. Of these early studies, the Leopold Museum’s drawing comes closest to the painting. The depiction of the heavily pregnant woman in strict profile towards the left, her lowered gaze, her hands resting on her belly as well as the dress decorated with swirls, which leaves her chest exposed, are all elements that appear in the painting. In this drawing, Klimt used two drawing materials – a bright, metallic pencil for the outlines of the face and body, and soft, black chalk for the dress. Alice Strobl associated the way in which the dress exposes the top of the naked belly both in the drawing and the painting with Japanese woodcuts and an Egyptian stone figurine from the 13th Dynasty kept at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Pregnant Woman in Patterned Dress in Profile from the Left. Study for Hope II (Vision)
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Pencil, black chalk on Japanese paper
56.2×37 cm
Stamp (purple) lower right: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1305
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Jahrhundertkünstler, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger/Sandra Tretter, Wien 2018 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 22.06.2018–04.11.2018).
  • Linie und Form. 100 Meisterzeichnungen aus der Sammlung Leopold, hrsg. von Franz Smola/Fritz Koreny, Wien 2014 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 23.05.2014–20.10.2014).
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 1766

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Johanna Zimpel, geb. Klimt, Wien (ab 1919);
Rudolf Zimpel, Wien (1968);
Galerie Würthle, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlassstempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« auf der Blattvorderseite
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Gustav Klimt. Stehende Schwangere in gemustertem Kleid im Profil nach links. Studie zu „Die Hoffnung II (Vision)“, 1904/05. Dossier vom 31.01.2017.

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