Käthe KOLLWITZ, Helft Russland [Help Russia] Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1867 – 1945

Helft Russland [Help Russia] (1921) Description: K.154.1
Place made: Germany
Materials & Technique: prints, posters, planographic lithography Support: paper

Primary Insc: printed within image over top HELFT/RUSSLAND (text of poster) printed within image bottom 'Komite fur Arbeiterhlfe Berlin pencil l.r. within image 'Kollwitz/probedruck (Artist signature, Trial proof)
Dimensions: comp 67.0 h x 46.6 w cm sheet 73.6 h x 57.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Klipstein(1955),154.1
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.1068
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Käthe Kollwitz is primarily known as a graphic artist and sculptor. An artist of strong social convictions, she spent most of her life in a working-class section of Berlin and all of her works are permeated by a strong sense of awareness of the plight of the impoverished and the oppressed. In this context, Helft Russland is characteristic of Kollwitz’s powerful graphic style and clearly demonstrates her masterly draughtsmanship.

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