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20 x 27 1/8 in. (50.8 x 68.9 cm)

Käthe Kollwitz
German (1867 - 1945)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1946.17
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Location: Not currently on view

Five years before Käthe Kollwitz created this print, she lost her son Peter in the First World War. Jessica Marten, MAG’s curator of American art and a mother of two, observed when she selected this work for the exhibition: “To mother is to experience love, anxiety, joy, and sacrifice. To mother during wartime must be hell.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

This lithograph was created five years after the death of Kollwitz' son Peter in WWI. The intensity of her grief found an outlet in her art. One year before this print was created the German poet Richard Dehmel wrote a newspaper article asking his countrymen to sacrifice every last man for Germany. Kollwitz' response was published in October 1918, "There has been enough of dying! Let not another man fall! Against Richard Dehmel I ask that the words of an even greater poet be remembered: 'Seed for the planting must not be ground.'"

The children in this image can be seen as the seeds of hope for their nation. Their mothers are trying to protect them from being "ground" by the voracious appetite of war.

[Gallery label text]

Galerie St. Etienne, New York; purchased from them by the Gallery in March 1946

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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