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The Weavers Cycle: March of the Weavers (from a set of 6 prints)

Accession Number
1956/1.21

Title
The Weavers Cycle: March of the Weavers (from a set of 6 prints)

Artist(s)
Käthe Kollwitz

Artist Nationality
German (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1897

Medium & Support
etching on paper

Dimensions
8 3/8 in x 11 5/8 in (21.27 cm x 29.53 cm);13 3/4 in x 19 15/16 in (34.92 cm x 50.64 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
In 1893, Kollwitz attended a performance of Gerhart Hauptman's The Weavers, which described an uprising of Silesian weavers brought about by industrialization in England. The play was banned due to its ties with a similar uprising in Berlin due to industrialization. Kollwitz's set of prints The Weavers' Revolt were created to depict the plight of oppressed migrant workers during Germany's industrialization.

Physical Description
The scene depicts a group of figures marching in the foreground from the left to the right of the composition. A thin sliver of land can be seen in the background. A man in the center carries a scythe over his shoulder. A woman in the center right carries a child on her back.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Expressionist (style)
agricultural land
children (people by age group)
tools
walking
workers

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