The People (Das Volk)
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 in black ink on beige, moderately thick, smooth, wove paper
Image: 14 3/16 x 11 7/8 in. (36 x 30.2 cm)
Sheet: 25 11/16 x 18 11/16 in. (65.2 x 47.5 cm) (show scale)
Signed, "Kathe Kollowitz" in pencil, lower right margin
Lower left in graphite: "88/100"; lower right in graphite: " Bl. 7 zn Folge: Krieg/Das Volk"; lower right in graphite: "Käthe Kollwitz"
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Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945). The People (Das Volk), 1922-1923. Woodcut in black ink on beige, moderately thick, smooth, wove paper, Image: 14 3/16 x 11 7/8 in. (36 x 30.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 44.201.7. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.44.201.7.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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