Käthe Kollwitz, The Outbreak, 1903

Kollwitz was committed to the causes of the working class and pursued social change through printmaking. Between 1902 and 1908, she produced the Peasant’s War series. These seven etchings depict an exaggerated and intense rebellion in the sixteenth-century. The Outbreak, illustrates the peasants’ fury from years of mistreatment and an explosion against their oppressors. Kollwitz said she was the model for the revolt leader, Black Anna, who raises her hands to signal the attack, her arms, a silhouette against the sky while the mass of workers, hold their farm tool and form a chaotic scene of upheaval (Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, Volume Two. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2008, 1072-3).

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