Lament, Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz
Lament
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Käthe Kollwitz

Lament, 1938 – 1940


Dimensions
26.5 x 26.5 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
SGP209
Acquisition
Acquired in 1965
Status
Not exhibited

Texts

About the Work

This is the mute lament of an artist, perpetuated in bronze. The image speaks of pain, grief and incomprehension: the overlarge, powerful hands are placed protectively over the mouth and eye, as if wanting to no longer be compelled to see the terrible events, or to suppress a scream. With this relief created during the Nazi dictatorship, Kollwitz recalls her artist friend Ernst Barlach, who had died in 1938 and who was ostracised like her. As early as 1920 she had formulated her artistic task timelessly and with universal validity: "I shall give voice to the suffering of man, which never ceases."

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Lament
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1965

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Main Motif
Persons Shown
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Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C23 portrait, self-portrait of sculptor
  • 61BB2(KOLLWITZ, Käthe)11(+51) historical person (KOLLWITZ, Käthe) - BB - woman - historical person (KOLLWITZ, Käthe) portrayed alone (+ head (KOLLWITZ, Käthe) (KOLLWITZ, Käthe))
  • 31A2211 face
  • 31A253 postures and gestures of arms and hands in relation to the head
  • 31A25311 'caput manui innixum', head held in the hand(s)
  • 56BB121 Lamentation; 'Querela a Dio' (Ripa)
  • 56BB1 Pain, Sorrow, Sadness; 'Dolore', 'Dolore di Zeusi' (Ripa)

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11.06.2019