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Child Run Over

Accession Number
1949/2.59

Title
Child Run Over

Artist(s)
Käthe Kollwitz

Artist Nationality
German (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1910

Medium & Support
softground etching on paper

Dimensions
9 15/16 in x 12 11/16 in (25.24 cm x 32.23 cm);9 15/16 in x 12 11/16 in (25.24 cm x 32.23 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
From 1910 onwards, Kollwitz's work focused less on social and political themes, and more on intimate human relationships. In her work, she often showcased personal suffering caused by widespread social problems due to city life. In 1903, Kollwitz's older son caught diptheria, and the threat of his death led her to use death as a major theme in her work, as shown here by a mother and father carrying their dead child.

Physical Description
In the foreground, a man and a woman carry a child as they move to the left of the page. The man carries the child's body, while the woman holds the childs head. The man's face is turned towards the left, while the woman's head is bowed toward the child. The man and woman are dressed in dark clothes, while the child is shown in white. The child's arm hangs limp. A crowd of children is gathered in the background, looking at the three main figures.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Expressionist (style)
children (people by age group)
fathers
modern and contemporary art
mothers

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