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Head of a Working Woman

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Head of a Working Woman

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

Creation date: 1906
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Lithograph
Medium and Support: Lithograph on cardstock
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1937.36
Dimensions: 27 1/4 in. x 19 1/32 in. (69.2 cm x 48.3 cm)


Jake Zetlin Bookshop and Gallery, Los Angeles, California ( - October 1, 1937)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 1, 1937 - )

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Käthe Kollwitz devoted much of her artistic output to compositions that examined the life of the working class, using art as a vehicle for social change. The present work, for example, arose when Kollwitz was asked to make the poster for a 1906 exposition dedicated to the cottage worker industry. When the final poster design was plastered across Berlin, the unflinching naturalism of Kollwitz’s depiction of a haggard woman worker so disturbed the Empress Auguste Victoria that she refused to attend the exposition. This is a relatively rare first state of the print, before the words “Deutsche Heimarbeit Ausstelung 1906” and the details of the exposition’s dates and location were added to the plate.
Last Updated: 7/26/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Kaethe Kollwitz , 11/26/1979 - 12/16/1979

Visible Places: Works by Women on Paper San Diego Museum of Art , 7/5/2008 - 3/22/2009

The Human Beast: German Expressionism at The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012


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