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Woman with Folded Hands

Käthe Kollwitz (AKA Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz), German, (July 8, 1867–April 22, 1945)

Creation date: 1898 (published 1931)
Creation place: Germany

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Type: Etching
Medium and Support: Etching on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Sheila Potiker in memory of Hughes L. Potiker
Accession Number: 2009.14
Dimensions: 11 in. x 8 5/8 in. (27.94 cm x 21.91 cm)


Sheila Potiker, ( - 2/19/09)

San Diego Museum of Art, (2/19/09 - )

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This etching was made the same year that Kollwitz’s series ‘The Weavers’ Revolt’ (1893-97) was first exhibited in Berlin, drawing attention to the plight of the working classes in post-industrialized society. In the series, Kollwitz depicts the Silesian uprising of 1844 with workers in contemporary attire, making no doubt as to her concerns for what was currently happening in Germany. Here, Kollwitz powerfully conveys the psychological state of a woman, resigned and yet anxious. Dark shadows and stark contrasts of light heighten the tension.

Last Updated: 8/5/2021

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