»Bread!«, final version, 1924

Crayon lithograph (transfer), Kn 208 III

Käthe Kollwitz, Bread!, final version, 1924, crayon lithograph (transfer), Kn 208 III, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

The lithograph »Bread!« is one of Käthe Kollwitz’ most famous works and was created in the 1920s. It was published in 1924 in the portfolio »Starvation« for the Workers International Relief. This portfolio contained seven original lithographs by Otto Dix, George Grosz, Heinrich Zille and other artists.

In the early 1920s Käthe Kollwitz was inspired by the works of Ernst Barlach to explore woodcuts in depth. The sheet »Bread!« was also first executed using this technique which fascinated her at that time. She rejected this version, however, probably because of its lack of ‘readability’ and executed it as a lithograph instead.

REJECTED VERSION

Käthe Kollwitz, Bread!, rejected version of the lithograph »Bread!«, 1924, woodcut, Kn 207 I, Cologne Kollwitz Collection © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Käthe Kollwitz, Bread!, rejected version of the lithograph »Bread!«, 1924, woodcut, Kn 207 I

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