Die Mutter (The mothers)

Accession Number ART50254
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 838 mm x 660 mm
Object type Print
Physical description lithograph on laid paper
Maker Kollwitz, Kathe
Place made Germany: Berlin
Date made 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Kollwitz has reduced the amount of detail and pared down the forms to achieve an almost sculptural quality in this powerfully evocative lithograph, showing a group of mothers protecting their children from the effects of war. She later made a woodcut version of the same subject as part of her 1923 series entitled 'War'. "I have repeatedly attempted to give form to the war. I could never grasp it." Kollwitz first worked on 'Die Mutter' as an etching, but she experienced problems in resolving the image in this medium. She wrote: '...I told myself that the simple line of the lithograph was best suited to my purposes. But the results of my work, except for the print 'Die mutte', never satisfied me' (Kathe Kollwitz, 25 June 1920, published in Kollwitz 1988, p.98).