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Sharpening the Scythe (Biem Dengeln)

A work made of compressed charcoal on cream laid paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of compressed charcoal on cream laid paper.

Date:

1905

Artist:

Käthe Kollwitz
German, 1867-1945

About this artwork

Introduced to the misery of lower class life by her husband, a doctor for the poor, Käthe Kollwitz became a spokeswoman for the downtrodden. She abandoned painting in 1890, pursuing several print cycles, including the historically based Peasant War. This early charcoal study prepares for an etching from the series.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Käthe Kollwitz

Title

Sharpening the Scythe (Biem Dengeln)

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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1905

Medium

Compressed charcoal on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Signed lower right, in charcoal: "Käthe Kollwitz"

Dimensions

39.6 × 32 cm (15 5/8 × 12 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Endowment

Reference Number

1994.102

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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