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Lying Newborn, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk, gouache on paper
44.5×31.2 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
During the first months of 1910, Egon Schiele (1890–1918) created at least six depictions of newborn children at the 2nd Gynecological Hospital in Vienna. Three of them form part today of the collection of the Leopold Museum. These are, along with the present one Lying Newborn and Newborn with Bent Knees. Schiele depicted the moment of birth, the moment the body becomes visible as being thrown into the world: The naked bodies of the newborns are abandoned at this threshold without protection. These images were only possible through Schiele’s friendship with the gynaecologist Erwin von Graff (1878–1952), who granted the artist access to the clinical institution and allowed him to acquaint himself with the medical view of the body. Along with depictions of children, Schiele also executed drawings of pregnant women on the examination table around this time, for instance Nude Pregnant Woman, Reclining.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Lying Newborn
Art movement
Graphic work
Black chalk, gouache on paper
44.5×31.2 cm
Monogrammed lower right: S.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1457
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Rudolf Leopold: Egon Schiele. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, München 2020.
  • Jane Kallir: Egon Schiele - The complete works. Expanded edition including a biography and a catalogue raisonné, New York 1998.
Catalogue raisonne
  • J. Kallir 1990/1998: D385
  • Leopold 1972/2020: Abb. S. 98

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Koloman Moser, Wien (bis 1918);
Galerie Gustav Nebehay, Wien (1919);
Rudolf Schmidt, Wien (o.D.);
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (nach 1955-1994); (1)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

  1. Sonja Niederacher, Egon Schiele. Liegendes Neugeborenes, Dossier vom 20.12.2013
Decision of the Advisory Board (PDF)

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