Death, Woman and Child, Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz
Death, Woman and Child
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Käthe Kollwitz: Tod, Frau und Kind, Druckplatte. Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste, Kunstsammlung, Berlin

Käthe Kollwitz

Death, Woman and Child, 1910

460 x 443 mm
404 x 407 mm
Physical Description
Line etching, drypoint, sandpaper, and soft ground, revised with charcoal, brush, and pencil
Inventory Number
SG 4241
Object Number
SG 4241 D
Acquired in 1964 from the collection of Helmut and Hedwig Goedeckemeyer
On display, Special Exhibitions


About the Work

After the printing process, Kollwitz revised the print of this work’s first state by hand. She used a brush to add shadows to the boy’s face and charcoal and pencil to correct the mother’s hand. She adopted these changes in the following states, where she moreover altered the mother’s features to resemble her own more closely (inv. no. SG 4349).

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).

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