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Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Left, Embraced by a Man. Study for Hope I, c. 1902

Leopold Museum,
Red chalk, opaque white on brown paper
45×30.7 cm


  • Gustav Klimt

    (Baumgarten near Vienna/Vienna 1862–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
With his rendering of a heavily pregnant nude in his 1903/04 painting Hope I, Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) addressed a topic that was highly controversial at the time. The work on paper from the Leopold Museum, which is one of the numerous pencil studies with which Klimt approached this subject, represents an early concept for this motif, rendered using red crayon, which shows the pregnant woman accompanied by a man wrapping his arm around her in a protective manner. Klimt masterfully placed the woman’s belly into the center of the composition, thus highlighting the couple’s unity also in formal terms. The couple further shows similarities, both in terms of form and motif, with the embracing lovers from the Beethoven Frieze. For his painting Hope I, Klimt decided to depict the pregnant nude without a partner, initially alone within a landscape, and in the final version accompanied by the frightening allegories of death, sickness, old age and insanity.

Object data

  • Gustav Klimt
Standing Naked Pregnant Woman from the Left, Embraced by a Man. Study for Hope I
c. 1902
Art movement
Art Nouveau, Symbolism
Graphic work
Red chalk, opaque white on brown paper
45×30.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1347
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).
  • 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 1878-1903, Salzburg 1980.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Strobl Bd. 1/1980: 950

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Magda Mautner-Markhof, Wien, später Magda Grasmayr, Salzburg (o.D.);
Dr. Klaus Grasmayr, Salzburg (1944-1954);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1954-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Alice Strobl, Gustav Klimt. Die Zeichnungen 1878-1903, Bd. 1, Salzburg 1980, S. 284, Nr. 950; Michael Wladika, Dossier „LM Inv. Nr. „1343, 1347, 1348, 1349“ vom 31.01.2018

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