Two Men and a Pair of Lovers on a Bench, 1904

Graphite and ink, white highlights on cream-coloured paper, NT (287a)

Käthe Kollwitz, Two Men and a Pair of Lovers on a Bench, 1904, graphite and ink, white highlights on cream-coloured paper, NT (287a), Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

This sketch came into the possession of the museum only a few years ago as so-called ›attic trove‹.

In her Parisian works, Käthe Kollwitz repeatedly took up the motif of the pair of lovers. Another drawing showing a young couple and two men – one of them asleep, the other daydreaming – on a bench. Of these two sketches, only the graphite drawing in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington was known until recently.

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Käthe Kollwitz, Man with a Cap, 1904, black chalk on laid paper, NT 290, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz, Man with a Cap, 1904, black chalk on laid paper, NT 290

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