The sculpture was based on an earlier full-length standing figure made by Lehmbruck in Paris in 1910. The large sculpture, which is generaly regarded as Lehmbruck's first mature work, represented a woman, naked except for a cloth wrapped around her legs. The model for the piece was the artist's wife Anita. It was Lehmbruck's practice to base new sculptures on parts of larger works. Here he has re-used the head and shoulders of original figure to create a smaller work of a more intimate scale.