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Rest in the Peace of His Hands

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

Creation date: 1936
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of Earle W. Grant in memory of Pliny F. Munger
Accession Number: 1964.7
Dimensions: 13 1/2 in. x 12 3/8 in. x 3 5/16 in. (34.29 cm x 31.43 cm x 8.41 cm)
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Provenance

Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, California ( - February 10, 1964)

Earle Wilkin Grant, San Diego, California (February 10, 1964 - March 2, 1964)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (March 2, 1964 - )

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Käthe Kollwitz’s work had long focused on the life of the working class and, as may be seen in her other works in this exhibition, she developed a style in which simplified, monumental bodies make forceful social commentary. She was an outspoken opponent of war, and with the rise of the Nazi party in the 1930 and the prospect of a new war, her art persistently developed the themes of the mother and child, war, misery, and death. These motifs likewise underlie Rest in the Peace of His Hands, where a sleeping child’s face at center is protected by the large hands that surround it. Kollwitz designed the relief for her own family tomb. The title comes from a poem by Goethe that is often cited as a plea for peace: “The East belongs to God / The West belongs to God / North and Southern lands / Rest in the peace of His hands.”
Last Updated: 7/26/2012

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Käthe Kollwitz, 1867–1945: Prints, Drawings, Sculpture University of California, Riverside , 4/2/1978 - 5/5/1978

Kaethe Kollwitz , 12/10/1983 - 2/5/1984

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

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 37, Figure Number: 75

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 108, no. 75

Jon Alan Carstens. Käthe Kollwitz, 1867–1945: University of California. Riverside, California, 1978
Page Number: 58, 59, Figure Number: 73

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