The Volunteers (Die Freiwilligen)
On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
Created in the wake of her son’s death on the battlefield in Flanders during World War I, the prints from Käthe Kollwitz’s War (Krieg) portfolio chronicle the personal costs of combat, removing contextual and narrative details of time and place in favor of a more universal cycle of loss and mourning. The devastating toll of war on poor and working-class families was a central theme of Kollwitz’s work, and printmaking enabled her to reach wide audiences with her socialist political messages. Her poignant combination of raw expression and barbed ideology continues to resonate with contemporary realities of war and struggle worldwide.
Woodcut on wove paper
image: 13 3/4 x 19 9/16 in. (34.9 x 49.7 cm)
sheet: 19 × 25 3/4 in. (48.3 × 65.4 cm)
Signed, "Kathe Kollowitz" in pencil, lower right margin
Lower left in graphite: "88/100"; lower right in graphite: "Bl. 2 zn Folge: Krieg/Die Freiwilligen"; lower right in graphite: "Käthe Kollwitz"
Carll H. de Silver Fund
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