Woman with Folded Hands
11 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (28.58 cm x 22.54 cm)
Medium and Support:
Etching on paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
© Estate of Käthe Kollwitz. Licensed by ARS, New York, NY
Kollwitz produced this image, an early self-portrait, while she worked on her first great print series, "A Weavers Revolt" (1894-1898). Inspired by an 1893 play written by Gerhart Hauptmann (German, 1862–1946), this suite of six prints sympathetically recounts the story of the poverty, revolt, and death of the Silesian weavers in 1844. "Weavers" established her artistic reputation and identified her as an important defender of Germany’s oppressed underclass. Throughout her long and productive life she created prints that addressed her socialist and pacifist passions despite living under repressive governmental regimes—that of Kaiser Wilhelm II at the start of her career, and the Nazis at the end of it.