Plate 1

The Sacrifice, 1922 (published 1923)

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Several German artists tackled the theme of War during this explosive period in their country's history. Kollwitz's series of seven woodcuts is unique among these in that it does not focus on warfare per se, but on the women and children at home before, during, and after the battle. In these large-scale works she used the woodcut medium in a bold and graphic manner to convey her sorrow and anger at current events in Germany. The first print of the suite is this sheet in which a mother offers her newborn baby to the cause; this idea of sacrifice permeates the entire series.

The Sacrifice
Artist Life
Accession Number
(Hauswedell); sold to MIA, 1971.
Catalogue Raisonne
Klipstein 177 VIIb/VIId; W.157
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Plate 1