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Object: Die Gefangenen (The prisoners)
Series: Bauernkrieg (The peasants' revolt)
Bound prisoners standing, crowded within roped-off area; 5th state. 1908
Etching with tonal textures and engraving, printed in sepia on thick cream paper
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Height: 323 millimetres
Width: 423 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the seventh and final plate from Kollwitz's series 'Bauernkrieg' (The Peasants' Revolt), a cycle based on the Peasants' Revolt of 1522-5, which occurred in Germany during the Protestant Reformation. The Verbindung für historische Kunst (Society for Historical Art) commissioned the series, then published and distributed the seven plates to its members in 1908.
There are several preparatory studies (Nagel 425-440) and a preliminary drawing (430) for this print. The studies indicate that Kollwitz's son Peter was the model for the young prisoner slumped against the rope, centre right. According to Keith Hartley, Kollwitz used the sculpture of Rodin, whom she visited in Paris in 1904, as the source for some of the prisoners' poses.
(See Carey & Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM exh cat, 1984, no.40 [different state of the same plate])
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