Käthe Kollwitz, Woman entrusts herself to Death, sheet 1 of the series »Death«, 1934, crayon lithograph, Kn 264 b, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Like some other sheets in the series, this first folio represents Death as a liberator or as a bitter way out of a situation of misery that has become unbearable. Only the hand of Death is shown. This hand does not seize the mother in a violent gesture, but reaches out to her. She takes the hand in quiet determination, certain of the inevitability of her fate. She entrusts herself and her children, who are anxiously huddling against her, to Death.

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