Bauernkrieg / Peasant War
From 1903 to 1908, Käthe Kollwitz worked on the plates for Bauernkrieg / Peasant War, a series of etchings that represents the brutal treatment of peasants in sixteenth-century Germany, their rise to revolution and battle, and their subsequent humiliation and death. Although based on historic events, the series anticipates tragedies that unfolded across Europe during the first half of the twentieth century. The works in the series are: 1. Die Pflüger / The Plowing; 2. Vergewaltigt / Raped; 3. Beim Dengeln / Sharpening the Scythe; 4. Bewaffnung in einem Gewölbe / Armng in a Vault; 5. Lorsbruch / Outbreak; 6. Schlachtfeld / After the Battle; and 7. Die Gefangenen / The Prisoners. The prints were acquired by the museum through a series of gifts and purchases.
Exhibition curated by German major Courtney Rogers '17. Materials for this exhibition are availalble in English and German.