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Pregnant Woman, 1910

Leopold Museum,
Watercolor on paper
45×31.7 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, a permanent loan from a private collection, two of the latter drawings form part of the collection of the Leopold Museum today: Pregnant Woman with Green Stomach, Seated and Nude Pregnant Woman, Reclining. 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
Pregnant Woman
Art movement
Graphic work
Watercolor on paper
45×31.7 cm
Signed lower right: S
Credit line of the permanent loan
Collection E. and H. H.
Selection of Reference works
  • 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: D533

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Rudolf Staechelin, Basel (o.D.-1931); (1)
Rudolf Staechelin´sche Familienstiftung, Basel, Inv. Nr. 289 (ab 1931); (2)
Sammlung E. & H. H. (o.D.)

  1. Michael Wladika, Dossier zu 10 Blättern mit der Provenienz “Rudolf Staechelin’sche Familienstiftung”, 31.12.2014, S. 51
  2. Jane Kallir, Egon Schiele. The Complete Works, New York 1998, S. 408, D 533

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