- Museum number
Object: Ende (The end)
Series: Ein Weberaufstand (A weavers' revolt)
Scene in cottage room with loom at left and dead bodies in foreground: man carries a body through the door at right as woman looks on; 2nd state. 1893-1897
Etching, aquatint, sandpaper and burnisher, printed in black on white Japan paper
- Production date
Height: 248 millimetres
Width: 308 millimetres
- Curator's comments
This is the sixth and final plate from the series 'A Weavers' Revolt' from 1897. The series is related to Gerhart Hauptmann's controversial play 'Die Weber', published in 1892, which recounts the uprising of impoverished Silesian weavers in 1844. Kollwitz's attendance at the first performance of 'Die Weber' in February 1893 inspired her to create the series, which parallels but does not directly illustrate the play.
See Carey & Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM exh cat, 1984, no.23; see also See Prelinger, 'Käthe Kollwitz', Washington National Gallery of Art exh cat, 1992, pp. 21-25.
Additional lit.: F. Carey and M. Egremont, 'Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz' (Birmingham, Ikon, 2017), cat. 10.
Text from Frances Carey and Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany', BM 1984, no.23 [Discussion of 1949,0411.3938]
Two highly finished preparatory pen and wash drawings in reverse for this and the previous plate survive (Nagel 133 and 135). They show how carefully Kollwitz prepared these final plates. The lines of smoke that waft through the open door are created by burnishing out the aquatint.
For a discussion of the series see 1951,0501.74
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984/5 Sept.-Jan., BM, 'The Print in Germany', cat.23
2017 13 Sep-26 Nov, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2017-2018 15 Dec-11 Mar, Young Gallery, Salisbury, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2018 24 Mar-17 Jun, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2018 30 Jun-30 Sep, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2019-20, 2 September-12 January, London, BM, G90, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Die Weber
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
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