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KATHE KOLLWITZ (1867-1945) lithograph German art "Death Cycle"

KATHE KOLLWITZ (1867-1945) lithograph German art "Death Cycle"

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An example of the 1934/35 lithograph "Ruf Des Todes", from the "Death Cycle" series of lithographs by famous German artist KATHE KOLLWITZ (1867-1945). The sheet which measures 19" by 16" was long ago laid down to a board. Evident past attempts to remove an over mat has resulted in skinning of the paper in the lower portion, and residue from the over mat remains at top. There is a line from the old mat all around, with the paper within that line lightly browned. The significantly flawed areas are in the edges/margin; rematting at the old mat line will enable the print to be presented at its best. Kollwitz was born in Konigsberg in the old East Prussia. After early art education in Berlin, she developed into an artist with a penchant for describing the life of the working class, in an Expressionist style. Her socialist and pacifist beliefs (reinforced by the death of her son Peter in World War I) led her to run afoul of the Nazi party, which banned her work. She resisted offers to leave Europe, and died just as the war ended. Today Kollwitz is known principally for her 275 prints, in etching, lithography and woodcut. Signed and numbered examples of this print in excellent condition have brought to approximately the $10,000 level at auction in years past.