Käthe Kollwitz

Carmagnol, 1901

( Song of the Revolution )
Inventory # 51836

Original line etching, drypoint, and aquatint. With engraved cursive script along the lower plate edge: "Kathe Kollwitz rad" lower left, and "Verlag E. A. Seemann, Leipzig" lower right. The plate was lost. In very fine condition, framed with museum quality conservation materials.

Platemark: 23 1/8" x 16 1/8"; Sheet size: 29 1/4" x 19 3/4"
Catalogue reference: Knesebeck 51 viii

This etching, dated 1901 by Lehrs, Sievers and Klipstein, was according to a letter from the artist to Lehrs, dated March 16, 1901 (Staatsbibliothek, Munich), completed by this date. "I am finished with the Carmagnole (...). I showed a trial proof to Steinlen in Paris, who to my joy was interested in it." The title refers to the attack song of the French Revolution which ensued from the capture of Carmagnola; it closes with the refrain "Dansons la Carmagnole./Vive le son du canon." The depiction of a narrow lane in the "Gangeviertel" [quarter of passageways] of Hamburg's former "Neustadt" [new city] shifts the revolutionary event to the Kollwitz's era.


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