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Object: Beim Dengeln (Whetting the scythe)
Series: Bauernkrieg (The peasants' revolt)
Woman holds scythe close to her face as she sharpens the blade; 8th state, before mid-May 1905. 1905
Etching, drypoint, sandpaper, aquatint and soft ground with imprint of Bütten paper and Ziegler's trasfer paper, printed on copperplate paper and overworked in graphite
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Height: 298 millimetres
Width: 295 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the third 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.
Kollwitz added layer upon layer of tonal texture, working the plate through several states. This print is one of two recorded impressions of the eighth state. On this impression, Kollwitz made pencil corrections; these corrections were never carried out, and in thus form the plate, with added lettering, was published in 1905.
The drawing used as the basis for the first state is in San Francisco (Nagel 397). The arm added in the sixth state is the subject of two later studies (Nagel 398 and 399).
See Carey & Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM exh cat, 1984, no.36a
Additional lit.: F. Carey and M. Egremont, 'Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz' (Birmingham, Ikon, 2017), cat. 30.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984/5 Sep-Jan, BM, 'The Print in Germany', cat.36a
1995 Jan-Mar, Lancaster, Peter Scott Gallery, Käthe Kollwitz
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
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