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Mother with Two Children II, 1915

Leopold Museum,
Oil on canvas
149.5×160 cm


  • Egon Schiele

    (Tulln 1890–1918 Vienna)

Currently on display at OG3
This large-scale depiction of a seated mother with two children was created one year after „Blind Mother“. With the exception of her bare face and her feet, the body of the woman is fully shrouded in a green textile, which balances the brownish yellow color of the monochrome background and at the same time approximates the figure to the ground in a disquieting incorporeity. Furthermore, the pale face with its circular eye sockets and its mouth rendered as a black line is stylized to the point of suggesting a skull. The sleeping child in her lap reflects the mother’s underlying expression of absence and death, even though this effect is due to the partially uncompleted coloration. Schiele intentionally chooses the classic composition scheme of a pietà, which is broken only by the child to the mother’s left, shown in an upright, strangely levitating position. With its garment of colored stripes, it represents the innocent and hopeful side of this dismal triangle, all the more depressing in its helplessness. The painting belongs to Schiele’s tradition of disturbing mother-and-child depictions that break with the image of a relationship rooted in love, protective closeness and tender care.

Object data

  • Egon Schiele
Mother with Two Children II
Art movement
Oil on canvas
149.5×160 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 457
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.
  • Tobias Natter: Egon Schiele, Sämtliche Gemälde 1909-1918, Köln 2017.
  • Trotzdem Kunst! Österreich 1914-1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold/Ivan Ristić u.a., Wien 2014 (Ausst-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 09.05.2014-15.09.2014).
  • Jane Kallir: Egon Schiele - The complete works. Expanded edition including a biography and a catalogue raisonné, New York 1998.
  • Otto Kallir: Egon Schiele. Oeuvre Catalogue of the Paintings, New York 1966.
Catalogue raisonne
  • J. Kallir 1990/1998: P287
  • Leopold 1972/2020: 261
  • Natter 2017: 177
  • O. Kallir 1966: 211

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Heinrich Böhler, Wien/St. Moritz (?); (1)
Mabel Böhler, Lugano (?);
Sergius Pauser (um 1952-1962), Wien; (2)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (1962-1994); (3)
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

  1. Otto Kallir, Egon Schiele, Oeuvre Catalogue of the Paintings, New York 1966, S. 418, Nr. 211. Von Otto Kallir ohne Beleg vermutet.
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Schreiben von Angela Pauser an Patricia Spiegelfeld vom 27.07.2002
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 07.04.1962

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