Aerial Bomb, 1924/1925

Brush and black ink, NT 960

Käthe Kollwitz, Aerial Bomb, 1924/1925, brush and black ink, NT 960, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln
The Fight of Women against the Hell of Poison and Fire, published by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1927, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln
The Fight of Women against the Hell of Poison and Fire, published by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1927

This drawing was created in 1924/1925 within the context of a commission for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The work refers to an American military exercise with chemical weapons in which the chemist Dr Woker, a member of the WILPF, took part. Horrified by the effects of aerial bombs, smoke bombs, incendiaries and other weapons, she organised the creation of a commission within the WILPF to fight against their use. During the following years, the commission set itself the task of informing the public about the horrors of this kind of modern warfare. Versions of this drawing were used on several occasions between 1925 and 1929 for flyers, brochures and petitions.

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