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Nude Pregnant Woman, Reclining, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Black chalk, gouache on paper
43.4×30.9 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Egon Schiele’s (1890–1918) oeuvre also comprises works which were not created in the artist’s studio, but in the gynecological ward of a hospital. Before the artist left Vienna and went to Krumau in March 1910, he created a series of depictions of newborn children, e.g. Lying Newborn, and at least sixteen drawings of pregnant women at the 2nd Women’s Clinic. Along with the present work, another one of the latter drawings forms part of the collection of the Leopold Museum: Pregnant Woman with Green Stomach, Seated. At first glance, the artist seems to omit the hospital setting in which the works were created by positioning the subjects in an empty image space in all these drawings. The clinical context is inscribed in the bodies, however; the uncovered bellies and partially spread legs testify to the setting of a gynecological exam and to a medical perspective. The drawings were made possible by Schiele’s friendship with the gynecologist Erwin von Graff (1878–1952), who granted the artist access to the institution in a symptomatic manifestation of the interdisciplinary exchange that was common in Vienna around 1900. It also testifies the increased interest in the body that was shared by arts and medicine at the time.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Nude Pregnant Woman, Reclining
Art movement
Graphic work
Black chalk, gouache on paper
43.4×30.9 cm
Monogrammed and dated lower right: S.10.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 2349
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Die nackte Wahrheit. Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka und andere Skandale, hrsg. von Tobias G. Natter/Max Hollein, München 2005 (Ausst.-Kat. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 28.01.2005-24.01.2005; Leopold Museum, Wien, 31.05.2005-22.08.2005).
  • 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: D528

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Egon Schiele, Wien (1919);
Melanie Schuster, geb. Schiele, Wien (ab 1919); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (vor 1972-1994); (2)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Stempel: „Nachlass Egon Schiele“ rechts unten auf der Blattrückseite; Rudolf Leopold, Egon Schiele. Die Sammlung Leopold, Wien u. Köln 1995, S. 52, Nr. 21
  2. Michael Wladika, Dossier zu 16 Blättern Egon Schieles mit der Provenienz Melanie Schuster vom 11.04.2012, S. 55 u. S. 72

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