Käthe Kollwitz

Selbstbildnis, 1912
( Self-Portrait )
Inventory # 51250

Original drypoint and soft-ground etching printed on wove paper. Published after 1945 by von der Becke. Stamped with von der Becke three-line Berlin-Halensee embossed seal, lower right.

Platemark: 4" x 5 1/2", Sheet size: 9 11/16" x 7 13/16"
Catalogue reference: Klipstein 122 VIIe/VIIe; Knesebeck 126 VIId2/VIId3

This etching portrays Kollwitz, the artist, the wife and the mother at age 45. The self-portrait was executed in 1912, two years before the beginning of World War I, when the climate in pre-war Germany was one of increasing nationalism and dictatorial rule by the Kaiser Wilhelm II. This was also the year of the first American exhibition of Käthe Kollwitz’ work held in New York. From this year on she rarely etched, concentrating more on lithography, woodcut, drawing and sculpture. ( Klein & Klein, p.64 )


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