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Object: Schlachtfeld (Battlefield)
Series: Bauernkrieg (The peasants' revolt)
Woman stands in deserted battlefield strewn with corpses, leaning over with torch to search for body; 6th state. 1907
Etching, drypoint, aquatint, sandpaper and soft ground with the imprint of Bütten paper and Ziegler's transfer paper printed in green-black ink on copperplate paper
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Height: 412 millimetres
Width: 530 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is the sixth 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.
Text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM 1984, no.39
A mother is searching for her dead son after the battle in which the peasants have been defeated. This is perhaps the plate in which the mechanically ruled grain is most prominent, which accounts for much of its flatness. Nagel illustrates three more or less finished drawings of the composition (410,411, 410a).
For a discussion of the series see text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM 1984; F. Carey and M. Egremont, 'Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz' (Birmingham, Ikon, 2017), no. 34.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984-1985 Sept-Jan, BM, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', cat.39
1986 Oct-Nov, Bristol, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 'Night Prints'
1986 Nov-Dec, Durham, DLI Museum, 'Night Prints'
1987 Jan-Feb, Sheffield, Sheffield Art Gallery, 'Night Prints'
1992 Mar-May, Manchester Art Gallery, 'The Expressionist Face...'
1999 Aug-Oct, Bolton Museum & AG, Expressionism in Germany
1999-2000 Nov-Jan, Hull, Ferens Art Gallery, Expressionism in Germany
2000 Feb-Mar, Preston, Harris Mus & AG, Expressionism in Germany
2004-2005 Dec-Feb, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Faces in the Crowd:...
2005 Mar-Jul, Turin, Castello di Rivoli, Faces in the Crowd:...
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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