The End, from "The Weavers' Revolt"


Käthe Kollwitz ( German, 1867 - 1945 )

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Käthe Kollwitz achieved instant fame in 1898 when she exhibited a cycle of six prints documenting the Weaver’s Revolt of 1844 at the Great Berlin Exposition. Her work was nominated for a gold medal but was rejected by the Prussian emperor Wilhelm II (r. 1888–1918), who feared her images would spark rebellions among the working class. These two prints, numbers five and six in this cycle, vividly depict the revolt and its aftermath. The anger captured in Revolt is contrasted with the resulting sorrow in The End, in which bodies are brought into the home of a peasant weaver. Kollwitz hoped her works would encourage the downtrodden to stand up to autocratic rulers, even if it resulted in their own demise.