Bust of a Worker Woman with Blue Shawl, 1903

Crayon and brush lithograph in two colors, with scratch technique in the drawing stone, printed blue, Kn 75 A I 1

Käthe Kollwitz, Bust of a Worker Woman with Blue Shawl, 1903, crayon and brush lithograph in two colors, with scratch technique in the drawing stone, printed blue, Kn 75 A I 1, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

With the exception of this work, there is no run of copies of the colour lithographs created between 1898 and 1904. It was published in 1906 in the annual portfolio of the Gesellschaft für vervielfätigende Kunst in an edition of more than 100 copies and is therefore today the best-known work in colour by Käthe Kollwitz.

The print shown here is a proof in which the light brown colouring stone juts out over the edge of the image and the blue stone on the left and right has an irregular rim. For an edition with a different shade of blue, Käthe Kollwitz subsequently aligned the edges of the colouring and lithographic stones, which is unusual as the reworking of lithographs is extremely demanding.

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