Dec 6, 2007

Working Woman with Blue Shawl

Working Woman with Blue Shawl


Käthe Kollwitz

(German, 1867–1945)

Color lithograph

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1932.320

Catalogue raisonné: Klipstein 68

State: III/III


Did you know?

Käthe Kollwitz's husband was a doctor who treated the working poor in Berlin, giving her firsthand experience with their struggles.


Käthe Kollwitz favored printmaking because she saw it as a democratic medium, affordable and capable of reaching all social classes. In prints such as this portrait of a female worker, she depicted Berlin’s most disenfranchised inhabitants. The sitter’s direct gaze and exhausted pose suggest not only her difficult living and working conditions but also her dignity.

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PR - Lithograph
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