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ID number:  BIRBI-2000.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Kollwitz, Käthe (1867-1945)
Title / Object name:  Woman with dead child (Frau mit totem Kind)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Berlin
Culture:  German
Date made:  1903
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  425 x 490 mm; mount: 780 x 700 mm
Provenance:  The collection of Heinrich Stinnes, with his stamp, L1376, and inscription; purchased from Robin Garton & Co., Devizes, December 2000

The stark, animal-like figure of a woman passionately embraces the corpse of a young boy. In 1914 this became reality for the artist when her younger son Peter, the model for the dead boy, died in the early months of the First World War. The maternal grief for the dead boy signifies the artist’s hatred of wars and her pessimistic view of Germany at that time. In 1914, the subject matter became a reality for Kollwitz as Peter was killed in the early months of the First World War aged just eighteen. This adds further emotional depth and poignancy to this haunting image of what it feels like to lose a child.

Eigth state of ten. Printed and signed by Felsing.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps & c: signed in pencil, lower right, outside plate mark: Kathe Kollwitz; inscribed in pencil, lower left, within plate mark: [?]

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Kathe Kollwitz', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 13 September - 26 November 2017

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