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Losbruch (Outbreak) from the series Peasants’ War

© Käthe Kollwitz Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Losbruch (Outbreak) from the series Peasants’ War

Artist: Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945)
Culture: German
Date: 1921
Medium: Etching and soft-ground etching
Dimensions:
Image: 19 1/8 x 22 5/8 inches (48.6 x 57.5 cm)
Plate: 20 1/4 x 23 5/8 inches (51.4 x 60 cm)
Sheet: 21 3/4 x 26 7/8 inches (55.2 x 68.3 cm)
Edition: unnumbered
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Anonymous gift
Label Text:In her series Peasants’ War, Käthe Kollwitz presents a universalized depiction of the 1525 peasants’ revolt against feudalism that took place in the German-speaking areas of Central Europe. As evident in many of her works, Kollwitz was particularly interested in the role of women in social activism. In Losbruch, the central figure is based on the real-life Black Anna, a leader in the 1525 uprising. This woman stands with her back to the viewer, bending slightly forward and raising her arms to urge an army of peasants onward. Her right foot lifts off the ground, giving an energy and forcefulness to her movement that emphasizes the urgency of the moment. Because her face is not visible, this figure can also stand in for all of humanity in its urge to overcome injustice.
Object number: 1990.3.1