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.
Medium
Woodcut
Dimensions
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)
Publisher
Altershilfe des Deutschen Volkes, Berlin
Printer
probably Fritz Voigt, Berlin
Edition
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)
Credit
Gift of Edward M. M. Warburg
Object number
152.1934
Copyright
© 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints
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