Bust of a Working Woman in a Blue Shawl (Brustbild einer Arbeiterfrau mit blauem Tuch)
The influence of Käthe Kollwitz’s training as a painter can be sensed in the brushy texture of the early color lithograph Bust of a Working Woman in a Blue Shawl. The print also reflects her sympathy with the progressive labor movement, which sought better working and living conditions for impoverished Germans. Although she is perhaps best known for her woodcuts, the ease and directness of lithography appealed to her, as well. It was, as she noted, “a technique which hardly seems like one, it is so easy. It seized only the essential.”
Color lithograph on wove paper
image: 13 7/8 × 9 5/8 in. (35.2 × 24.4 cm)
sheet: 22 7/16 × 17 3/4 in. (57 × 45.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed, "Kathe Kollowitz" in pencil, lower right margin
Lower right in graphite: "Käthe Kollwitz"; Lower edge near right corner: "Arbeiterfrau"
Museum Collection Fund
Prior to 1939, provenance not yet documented; by 1939, acquired by Gutekunst & Klipstein, Bern, Switzerland; 1939, purchased from Gutekunst & Klipstein by the Brooklyn Museum.
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Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945). Bust of a Working Woman in a Blue Shawl (Brustbild einer Arbeiterfrau mit blauem Tuch), 1903. Color lithograph on wove paper, image: 13 7/8 × 9 5/8 in. (35.2 × 24.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 39.14. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.14_view1_PS12.jpg)
overall, 39.14_view1_PS12.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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