SELF PORTRAIT [supplied title]. Kathe Kollwitz.

SELF PORTRAIT [supplied title]

nd [after 1945]. Etching, 14 x 10 cm., on a larger 38 x 27 cm. sheet. Restrike of the original 1912 print. The 45 year old Kollwitz is shown in three-quarter profile, turned toward the right but looking slightly to the left. Some splatter marks across the upper blank margin of the sheet. Blind stamped "Berlin-Halensee" in the right corner, just below the etching. [Original title: Selbstbildnis 1912, according to the Leicester City Arts and Museums German Expressionist Collection]. Item #65480

After about 1912, Kollwitz moved away from etchings and began to concentrate on lithography and woodcuts. Galerie Emil Richter of Dresden which had represented her work and published her prints from about 1910-1930, went bankrupt. Alexander von der Becke obtained the remaining unsold prints and printing plates and began to publish reprints of her older work. He used a three line drystamp which included his name and "Berlin-Halensee" to mark the prints. With the rise of the Nazis in Germany both von der Becke and Kollwitz suffered from increasing restrictions. She was increasingly constrained from exhibiting her works, and in 1941, the Gestapo closed his art gallery and confiscated his inventory. After the war and Kollwitz' death, von der Becke re-established his business and began to reprint her work from the 30 etching plates which survived. When he died in 1958, his wife and son took over the business. This particular strike carries only the "Berlin-Halensse" stamp, not von der Becke's name. [see the brief biographies of Kollwitz and von der Becke on the MoMA website].

Price: $250.00

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