Tod und Frau (Death and the Woman)

Käthe Kollwitz, German, 1867 - 1945

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1910

Etching and drypoint on wove paper

Sheet: 27 3/16 × 20 1/4 in. (69.1 × 51.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund

2011.45

Geography

Place Made: Germany, Europe

Period

20th century

Object Name

Print

Research Area

Print

Not on view

Inscriptions

Inscribed, in plate, lower right: Druck v. O. Felsing Berling - Chlttbg.; signed, in graphite, lower left, below plate: Kathe Kollwitz

Label

Käthe Kollwitz creates a poignant depiction of a woman caught between the grip of death and her child. By her command of line and space, Kollwitz conveys an entire narrative in a compact composition. The arched shape of the woman’s body reflects the struggle she faces to stay alive. The dark shadow behind the skeleton underscores the unknown fate of death. At the same time, her child, climbing onto and grasping the mother, fights to not lose a loved one. The intense scene represents the painful grief of watching someone slip through your fingers.

From the 2022 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 109, Nothing Gold Can Stay, curated by Amy Zaretsky '23, Conroy Intern

Course History

ANTH 50, COCO 2, HIV/AIDS Through a Biosocial Lens: 30 Years of a Modern Plague, Sienna Craig, Timothy Lahey, Spring 2013

ARTH 2, Introduction to the History of Art II, Joy Kenseth, Marlene Heck, Winter 2012

FREN 25, Introduction to French Literature and Culture IV: Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Aimee Kilbane, Spring 2012

FREN 25, Introduction to French Literature and Culture IV: Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, Aimee Kilbane, Spring 2012

WGST 51.8, The Femme Fatale in Literature, Film, and Myth, Paul Carranza, Spring 2014

SART 27, 28, 74, Printmaking I-Intaglio, II, III, Ariel Frieberg, Spring 2015

COCO 2.3, ANTH 50.6, HIV/AIDS Through a Bio-social Lens: Thirty Years of a Modern Plague, Sienna Craig, Timothy Lahey, Spring 2015

SART 15, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2019

GERM 03, Intermediate German, Klaus Mladek and Lisa Oberberger, Spring 2020

GERM 03, Intermediate German, Klaus Mladek and Lisa Oberberger, Spring 2020

GERM 003, Intermediate German, Lisa Oberberger, Fall 2020

GERM 003, Intermediate German, Lisa Oberberger, Fall 2020

GERM 03, Intermediate German, Lisa Oberberger, Winter 2021

GERM 03, Intermediate German, Lisa Oberberger, Spring 2021

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2021

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2021

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2021

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2021

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2021

GERM 03, Intermediate German, Klaus Mladek and Lisa Oberberger, Spring 2021

SART 17.08, Digital Drawing, Karol Kawiaka, Fall 2021

SART 17.08, Digital Drawing, Karol Kawiaka - OPEN HOURS, Fall 2021

SART 17.08, Digital Drawing, Karol Kawiaka - OPEN HOURS, Fall 2021

SART 17.08, Digital Drawing, Karol Kawiaka - OPEN HOURS, Fall 2021

GERM 10.06, A Visual History of Germany, Heidi Denzel, Winter 2022

SART 15.03, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2022

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2022

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2022

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2022

SART 15.02, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2022

GERM 7.07, Babylon Berlin, Veronika Fuechtner, Spring 2022

SART 17.08, Digital Drawing, Karol Kawiaka, Fall 2022

German 10.06, A Visual History of Germany, Heidi Denzel, Winter 2024

German 3.02, Introductory German (cont.), Heidi Denzel, Spring 2024

Studio Art 15.01, Drawing I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2024

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 109, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Amy Zarestky, Class of 2023, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 29 October - 23 December 2022

Provenance

Charles M. Young Fine Prints and Drawings, Portland, Connecticut; sold to present collection, 2011.

Catalogue Raisonne

Knesebeck 107/VII of VIIIB

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