Käthe Kollwitz. In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht (Gedenkblatt für Karl Liebknecht). (1920)

Käthe Kollwitz In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht (Gedenkblatt für Karl Liebknecht) (1920)

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Kollwitz created this image as a response to the brutal murder of Karl Liebknecht, a Communist leader who helped lead an armed revolt against the Socialist government in January 1919. He was assassinated by right-wing paramilitary units. Kollwitz's composition is based on traditional Christian lamentation scenes, thus placing Liebknecht in the role of martyr. The artist paid special attention to the dignity and pathos of Liebknecht’s working-class followers, who had put their hope and faith in him.

Gallery label from German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, March 27–July 11, 2011
Medium
Woodcut
Dimensions
composition: 13 3/4 x 19 5/8" (34.9 x 49.9 cm); sheet: 18 3/4 x 25 1/16" (47.7 x 63.7 cm)
Publisher
Emil Richter, Dresden
Printer
Fritz Voigt, Berlin
Edition
100 numbered, signed and hand-printed on Japan paper (state V) [this ex.]; plus 2 known proofs before the edition and 9 known state proofs (states I-IV); and an unknown machine-printed edition with band of text attached at bottom (state VI); plus 9 known proofs
Credit
The Philip and Lynn Straus Foundation Fund
Object number
615.1998
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints