Käthe Kollwitz, Death on the Road, sheet 5 of the series »Death«, 1937, crayon lithograph, Kn 270 II b, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

»Death on the Road« does not include a figurative representation of Death.

Shivering with cold and wrapped in a dark coat, an abandoned, fearfully emaciated figure with his eyes closed and his mouth distorted by pain, sits leaning against a wall. The cadaverous face, hidden behind the figure’s propped up hand, has almost taken on the features of Death himself. Completely withdrawn into himself, the figure calmly awaits the moment of his terribly lonely end.

PREPARATORY DRAWING

Käthe Kollwitz, Death on the Road, 1934, charcoal on yellowish laid paper, NT 1254, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz, Death on the Road, 1934, charcoal on yellowish laid paper, NT 1254

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