Schlachtfeld (Battlefield) - from Bauernkrieg (The Peasants' Revolt) by Kathe Kollwitz

Schlachtfeld (Battlefield) - from Bauernkrieg (The Peasants Revolt) by Kathe Kollwitz

Schlachtfeld (Battlefield) - from Bauernkrieg (The Peasants' Revolt)

Kathe Kollwitz

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Title

Schlachtfeld (Battlefield) - from Bauernkrieg (The Peasants' Revolt)

 
Artist

Kathe Kollwitz

  1867 - 1945 (biography)
Year
1907 , printed later 
Technique
etching, drypoint, aquatint, sandpaper, and softground etching in green-black ink 
Image Size
16 1/8 x 21" platemark 
Signature
unsigned as usual for this edition; name engraved in plate, lower right 
Edition Size
unnumbered, as usual 
Annotations
engraved in plate, lower right: "1921 / Originalradierung von Kathe Kollwitz"; A. von der Becke blindstamp in lower right 
Reference
Klipstein 96; Knesebeck 100 
Paper
heavy cream velin 
State
XV 
Publisher
A. von der Becke, Munich, Germany (blindstamp in lower right corner reads "A.V.D. Becke/Muenchen 22") 
Inventory ID
23411 
Price
$800.00 
Description
The fifth plate from Kollwitz' seven-image cycle, "Bauernkrieg" (The Peasants' Revolt, or The Peasant's War), based on the the revolt of 1522 - '25 during Germany's Protestant Reformation. In this image, Kollwitz' portrays "Black Anna," a leader of the historic revolt and a repeating character in the series, searching for the body of her young son on a battlefield strewn with the shadowed shapes of the dead. Clutching a lantern in her left hand, she reaches out with her right to touch the face of a child, hoping he might be her own so as to end her desperate pilgrimage. The strength of the image lay in Kollwitz' rendering of the mother's blunt, sculptural hand - highly detailed even in the small space it occupies on the plate - displaying a wrenching, cautious gentleness. A powerful image that speaks volumes in its quietude. This is from the second edition printed in 1921 by A. von der Becke in Berlin. As is usual with later editions, it is not signed by the artist. 
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