Schwangere Frau (Pregnant Woman) by Kathe Kollwitz

Schwangere Frau (Pregnant Woman) by Kathe Kollwitz

Schwangere Frau (Pregnant Woman)

Kathe Kollwitz

Title

Schwangere Frau (Pregnant Woman)

 
Artist

Kathe Kollwitz

  1867 - 1945 (biography)
Year
1910 (printed 1918) 
Technique
softground etching and aquatint, printed with a brown/black ink. 
Image Size
14 7/8 x 9 1/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, by the artist, lower right; by the printer, lower left. 
Edition Size
17 of 50  
Annotations
signed by Felsing in lower left beneath image 
Reference
Knesebeck 111/IVc of VII; Klipstein 108 IVb of VII 
Paper
heavy copperplate wove Ziegler 
State
Knesebeck 111/IVc of VII 
Publisher
Emil Richter 
Inventory ID
ANFO121 
Price
$5,000.00 
Description

Kollwitz did a drawing of this pregnant woman, who looks the viewer directly in the eye, while she was working with her husband Karl at his clinic in a working-class section of Berlin. It was here she began to gain insight into the conditions of the working and urban poor.

Her second son Peter was killed in WWI in 1914 and the bond between mother and child and death and hope was a theme that became central to her work throughout her life.

The Knesebeck catalogue raisonné notes about this state: "50 numbered proofs, signed 'Kathe Kollwitz' in lower right; in brown, on copperplate paper, with Felsing's signature. Richter edition, 1918."

Most of Kollwitz's etchings, from as early as 1891 until the 1960s, were printed at the Otto Felsing Printery, many of them by Schulz.