Mary and Elizabeth, 1928

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Kollwitz created very few images that related directly to biblical themes, however it is quite in keeping with her oeuvre that in this case she chose to focus on the relationship between two mothers. In this print Mary greets her cousin Elizabeth who feels the child move in her womb. To create the sense that the two figures are united into a single form, Kollwitz utilized the grain of the wood plank. Her technique here was very different from the bold carving of the War series. In this case the forms appear to have been scraped along this grain and seem to emerge from the dark background

Details
Title
Mary and Elizabeth
Artist Life
1867–1945
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.13,441
Provenance
(Ackerman & Sauerwein); sold to MIA, 1965.
Catalogue Raisonne
Klipstein 234 IV/V
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