International Art

September 1924, 2020
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LOT 558

Lot 558

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)
Lot 558 Details
Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German


Bronze relief with dark-brown patina; signed "Kollwitz" and stamped with foundry mark "H. Noack Berlin" on the front bottom edge
13.5 x 12 x 3.5 in — 34.6 x 31 x 8.9 cm

Estimate $12,000-$18,000

Realised: $7,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)
  • Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)
  • Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)
  • Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)

The Helen and Walter Zwig Foundation Collection, Toronto


This bronze relief was created for the family grave, which Käthe Kollwitz and her siblings had acquired for themselves and their spouses at the central cemetery in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde. The younger sister Lisbeth Stern, to whom Käthe Kollwitz was particularly connected throughout her life, had asked the artist for a sculptural work for the grave after the death of her husband in 1934.

The relief shows "two large motherly hands, who wrap someone who has passed in their cloak, and the person who passes over - only the face can be seen - pulls the cloak around him."

Kollwitz found inspiration in the poem "West-Eastern Divan" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: 'God is the Orient! / God is the Occident! / North and southern terrain / Rests in the peace of his hands'.


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LOT 558

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