Conspiracy, sheet 3 of the cycle »A Weavers’ Revolt«, 1893-1897

Crayon lithograph with scratch technique, Kn 35 A II a

Käthe Kollwitz, Conspiracy, sheet 3 of the cycle »A Weavers’ Revolt«, 1893-1897, crayon lithograph with scratch technique, Kn 35 A II a, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Four men have come together round a table at an inn to conspire to stage a revolt. Their aggressive gestures emphasise their determination. The man sitting at the table on the right places his clenched fist on the tabletop and talks insistently to two other men sitting in the dark. The fourth man, sitting at the narrow side of the table listens attentively. The clustering of the figures in this very confined space gives the scene a conspirational character. An additional sense of drama is created by the sharp contrast of light and shaded areas.

REJECTED VERSION

Käthe Kollwitz, Conspiracy, rejected first version, 1893-1897, line etching, drypoint and sandpaper, Kn 28 VII a, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz, Conspiracy, rejected first version, 1893-1897, line etching, drypoint and sandpaper, Kn 28 VII a

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