Help Russia, Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz
Help Russia
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Käthe Kollwitz

Help Russia, 1921

468 x 615 mm
405 x 477 mm
Physical Description
Crayon lithograph (transfer)
Inventory Number
SG 4271
Object Number
SG 4271 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 economic aftermath of World War I, compulsory crop levies, and extreme drought led to catastrophic famine in Soviet Russia in the spring of 1921. Kollwitz supported the Workers International Relief aid programme with a poster, of which a number of copies also went on sale without the lettering.

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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