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Arbeitsfrau mit dem Ohrring

Accession Number
1983/1.265

Title
Arbeitsfrau mit dem Ohrring

Artist(s)
Käthe Kollwitz

Artist Nationality
German (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1910

Medium & Support
etching on paper

Dimensions
23 1/8 in x 17 11/16 in (58.74 cm x 44.93 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Subject matter
Kollwitz was well-known as a printmaker and often used the medium in the service of social commentary. Since they are easily reproducible, she understood their value as a way to reach a large number of people. Her subjects were often the working class patients of her doctor husband, Karl Kollwitz. This portrait is likely a nod to the iconic Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (ca. 1665, Mauritshuis) that was moved to The Hague at the beginning of the century. 

Physical Description
This etching is a portrait of a woman; just her face is visible. The background is almost solidly black, and the darkness encrouches on the portrait. The woman looks off the left of the page, and a small earring is visible on her right ear. The print is signed in pencil (l.r.) "Kathe Kollwitz".

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Expressionism
Figures
Portraits
bust-length
earrings (jewelry)
jewelry
modern and contemporary art
portraits
woman
women (female humans)
working class

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