Schiele’s images of mother and child were not merely loving portraits of parenthood. They were semi-religious, allegorical work, tackling concerns about life, death, fecundity and thwarted eroticism. Schiele has long been obsessed with motherhood, birth and death. At age twenty, he requested permission to draw some patients at the gynecological clinic where he produced a number of drawings of pregnant women and babies, both alive and dead. Completed in years 1913 to 1914, the three works Young Mother, Mother and Child, and Mother and Daughter show different depictions of the same theme. The children in all three works are of different ages. The pairs are connected physically in different ways, expressing a variety of psychological content.