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

Accession Number

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

Käthe Kollwitz

Artist Nationality
German (culture, style, period)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching on paper

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

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area

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Expressionist (style)
agricultural land
children (people by age group)

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