Käthe Kollwitz. The Last Thing (Das Letzte). 1924

Käthe Kollwitz The Last Thing (Das Letzte) 1924

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This woodcut is a grim testament to the hopelessness felt by the many elderly Germans whose lives had been destroyed by the hyperinflation of 1923–24, which eradicated their savings and made their pensions worthless. Kollwitz donated the sales proceeds to a social aid organization for the old.

Gallery label from German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, March 27–July 11, 2011.
composition (irreg.): 11 9/16 x 5 1/16" (29.4 x 12.8 cm); sheet (irreg.): 13 15/16 x 9 3/4" (35.4 x 24.8 cm)
Altershilfe des Deutschen Volkes, Berlin
probably Fritz Voigt, Berlin
225 (including a deluxe edition of 25, signed but not numbered, on Japan paper and a regular edition of 200, signed and numbered, on Japan and copperplate printing paper); plus 5 known state proofs (states I-II)
Gift of Edward M. M. Warburg
Object number
© 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
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