The Volunteers, Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz
The Volunteers
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Käthe Kollwitz

The Volunteers, 1921 – 1922

Sheet 2 of the cycle ‘War’


Blatt
477 x 650 mm
Druckstock
350 x 496 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut on Japanese paper
Inventory Number
SG 4284
Object Number
SG 4284 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1964 from the collection of Helmut and Hedwig Goedeckemeyer
Status
Not on display

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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

Title
The Volunteers
Sheet 2 of the cycle ‘War’
Artist
Bundle
Krieg
Part Number / Total
2 / 7 und Umschlag
Serial Number / Edition
97 / 100
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Woodcut on Japanese paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): Käthe Kollwitz
Nummeriert unterhalb der Darstellung links (mit Bleistift, von fremder Hand): 97/100
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): II Die Freiwilligen Kl. 178 IV b; unten rechts: Goe. [im Kreis]
Verso nummeriert unter dem Goedeckemeyer-Stempel (mit Bleistift): 178
Verso Stempel der Sammlung Goedeckemeyer (nicht bei Lugt)
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • von dem Knesebeck 173 IV b (von IV)
  • Klipstein 178 IV b (von IV)

Property and Acquisition

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

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31F symbols and personifications of Death
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D14 adult man
Secondary
  • 45B the soldier; the soldier's life
  • 48C7341 drum (musical instrument)

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Last update

19.02.2024