Child Run Over

Accession Number

Child Run Over

Käthe Kollwitz

Artist Nationality
German (culture, style, period)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
softground etching on paper

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

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area

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Expressionist (style)
children (people by age group)
modern and contemporary art

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