Charge, Käthe Kollwitz
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Käthe Kollwitz: Losbruch, Druckplatte. Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste, Kunstsammlung, Berlin

Käthe Kollwitz

Charge, 1902 – 1903

Sheet 5 of the cycle ‘Peasant War’

520 x 603 mm
515 x 592 mm
Inventory Number
SG 4342
Object Number
SG 4342 D
Acquired in 1964 from the collection of Helmut and Hedwig Goedeckemeyer
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

The cycle’s heroine urges the tumultuous throng of peasants to battle with a vigorous upward thrust of her hands. Kollwitz has embedded the expressively dynamic female figure and the wildly charging men in a landscape animated by various textures but ultimately abstract.

About the Acquisition

Immediately after World War I, the art connoisseur and bibliophile Helmut Goedeckemeyer (1898–1983) began amassing one of the largest collections of prints by Käthe Kollwitz. He supplemented these holdings with works of late nineteenth-century French and German printmaking, illustrated books by Max Slevogt, Alfred Kubin and others, and small-scale sculptures by such artists as Aristide Maillol. His collection ultimately encompassed more than 5,000 works. Goedeckemeyer’s close ties to the Städel Museum date back to the 1920s. From 1959 onwards, he and his wife Hedwig were members of the Städelscher Museums-Verein (Städel Museum Association). The City of Frankfurt acquired his Kollwitz collection for the Städtische Galerie (Municipal Gallery) in 1964. He made several gifts to the Städel collection of prints and drawings over the years, and in 1970 presented the museum with Honoré Daumier’s “Ratapoil” (inv. no. St.P391).

Work Data

Basic Information

Sheet 5 of the cycle ‘Peasant War’
Part Number / Total
5 / 7
Period Produced
Object Type
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert in der Platte unten rechts: K. Kollwitz
Signiert und nummeriert in der Darstellung unten links (mit Bleistift): V Kollwitz
Captions Added Later
Nummeriert unten mittig (mit Bleistift): 46084; bezeichnet daneben: Dublette des K Kupfsk.; unten rechts: (Dopp) V.
Verso bezeichnet unten mittig (mit Bleistift): Dublettesw; unten links: S 66 V
Verso Stempel des Königlichen Kupferstichkabinetts, Berlin,1909 (Lugt 1612, XII), hs. ergänzt (mit Bleistift): 497; überstempelt mit Veräußerungsstempel des Königlichen Kupferstichkabinetts, Berlin (Lugt 2482)
Verso Stempel der Sammlung Goedeckemeyer (nicht bei Lugt)
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • von dem Knesebeck 70 V (von XIII)
  • Klipstein 66 V [überarbeitet] (von XI)

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1964 from the collection of Helmut and Hedwig Goedeckemeyer

Work Content


  • 4 Society, Civilization, Culture
  • 6 History
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D14 adult man

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