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Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Left, Her Arms Crossed Behind Her Back. Study for Hope II (Vision), 1907/08

Leopold Museum,
Red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
56.1×37.1 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) created first drafts for his 1907/08 painting Hope II (Vision) already in 1904/05. For stylistic reasons, some of these studies, including the work Standing Lovers Embracing, Man with Cape. Study for The Kiss, must be dated back to this early period, even though their motifs resemble the painting more closely than later drafts. The present work on paper, which was created around the same time as the painting, shows a variation of the motif that was not realized in the painted version. We know of at least five comparable drawings of this motif, all of which show the same heavily pregnant model looking directly at the beholder, her hands either crossed behind her back or hanging down. Among them, the work from the Leopold Museum is arguably the most charming and is characterized by a highly original mixed used of red and blue crayon.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Left, Her Arms Crossed Behind Her Back. Study for Hope II (Vision)
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Red and blue crayon on Japanese paper
56.1×37.1 cm
Stamp (black) lower left: GUSTAV KLIMT NACHLASS
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1323
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Gustav Klimt. Die Sammlung im Leopold Museum, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Elisabeth Leopold, Ostfildern 2013 (Bestandskatalog des Leopold Museum: Band 1).
  • Klimt persönlich. Bilder - Briefe - Einblicke, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Franz Smola, Wien 2012 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 24.02.2012–27.08.2012).
  • Alice Strobl: Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Salzburg 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 2/1982: 1774

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Gustav Klimt, Wien (1918); (1)
Helene Donner, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1957-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Nachlass-Stempel »GUSTAV / KLIMT / NACHLASS« vorne links unten
  2. Sonja Niederacher, Dossier zu Gustav Klimt. 26 Zeichnungen aus dem Eigentum von Helene Donner, 31.01.2018

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