Death and Mother Struggling Over the Child

Käthe Kollwitz
Death and Mother Struggling Over the Child
Etching on heavy wove paper.
image: 8 9/16 x 11 1/16 inches (217 x 281 mm); sheet: 11 7/8 x 14 1/2 inches (301 x 368 mm)
Gift of Henry and Ruth Yancovich in memory of Arthur and Rose Fallman.
© Käthe Kollwitz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Henry and Ruth Yancovich, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Dry-stamp of Alexander von der Becke (Knesebeck c).

Käthe Kollwitz was a prolific printmaker and sculptor whose long career spanned the politically and artistically turbulent decades of the first half of the twentieth century in Germany. Subjects such as war, death, and misery and the corresponding themes of struggle, suffering, and loss make for an oeuvre that is both somber and moving. Her many works on the theme of a mother and child are characterized by a combination of helplessness and devotion that make them particularly affecting. Her stylistic transition from naturalism to a unique form of expressionism heightened the dramatic content of her works.

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