End, sheet 6 of the cycle »A Weavers’ Revolt«, 1893-1897

Line etching, aquatint, sandpaper and burnisher, Kn 38 II a

Käthe Kollwitz, End, sheet 6 of the cycle »A Weavers’ Revolt«, 1893-1897, line etching, aquatint, sandpaper and burnisher, Kn 38 II a, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

The last sheet, »The End«, shows the crushing of the revolt by the deployment of soldiers. Two mourning women are seen in a weaver’s room standing next to the men who were killed. Another victim is just being carried into the room. Wafts of smoke coming through the door show that the revolt is still ongoing. The woman next to the dead bodies who hides her head in her arms, and the woman at the door who seems to be paralysed with grief, illustrate the misery of the women left behind.

studies

Käthe Kollwitz, study with preparatory drawings for the etching »The End«, 1897, charcoal, NT 134, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz, study with preparatory drawings for the etching »The End«, 1897, charcoal, NT 134

Käthe Kollwitz, study for the etching »The End«, 1896 (1897?), NT (133a), Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz, study for the etching »The End«, 1896 (1897?), NT (133a)

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