Measures: 189 x 67 cm
Technique: Oil on canvas
Depository: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
This bold portrayal of pregnancy contravened standards of propriety in turn-of-the-century Vienna, leading to the withdrawal of the painting from his first Secession retrospective. Issue in this richly symbolic painting is the comparision of the promise of new life with the destructive forces of death. Despite the monstrosities around her, the woman remains calm and confident of the renewal within her.