Woman with Dead Child, Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz
Woman with Dead Child
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Käthe Kollwitz

Woman with Dead Child, 1903


Blatt
560 x 729 mm
Platte
424 x 486 mm
Physical Description
Line etching, drypoint, sandpaper, and soft ground
Inventory Number
66346
Object Number
66346 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The human body is the true motif of Kollwitz’s work. In vivid body language, she staged it as a timeless, gestural-emotional form of expression. This is especially apparent in the works in which she reflected on motherhood as an existential experience characterized by unconditional, instinctual love and fear of irreversible loss.

About the Acquisition

From 1900 onwards, the Frankfurt chemist and industrialist Carl Hagemann (1867‒1940) assembled one of the most important private collections of modern art. It included numerous paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, especially by members of the artist group “Die Brücke”. After Carl Hagemann died in an accident during the Second World War, the then Städel director Ernst Holzinger arranged for Hagemann’s heirs to evacuate his collection with the museum’s collection. In gratitude, the family donated almost all of the works on paper to the Städel Museum in 1948. Further donations and permanent loans as well as purchases of paintings and watercolours from the Hagemann estate helped to compensate for the losses the museum had suffered in 1937 as part of the Nazi’s “Degenerate Art” campaign. Today, the Hagemann Collection forms the core of the Städel museum’s Expressionist collection.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Woman with Dead Child
Artist
Printer
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Line etching, drypoint, sandpaper, and soft ground
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): Käthe Kollwitz
Signiert vom Drucker unterhalb der Darstellung links (mit Bleistift): OFelsing Berlin gedr.
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): S. 72; nummeriert unten mittig: 152; oben links: 18
Verso mittig links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • von dem Knesebeck 81 VIII b (von X)
  • Klipstein 72 VIII (von X)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1948 as a donation from the heirs of the Carl Hagemann estate

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 4 Society, Civilization, Culture
  • 31AA14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude - AA - female human figure
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D112 child
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  • Picture Elements
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  • Atmosphere
  • Emotion

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19.02.2024