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Käthe Kollwitz. German. 1867-1945.


Maria und Elisabeth (Mary and Elisabeth). Version III. 1928. Woodcut. Klipstein 234,Vb; von dem Knesebeck 14 1/4 x 13 3/4 (sheet 27 x 29). Edition 150 in this state. A glowing impression on Japanese mulberry paper. Signed in pencil. Housed in an elegant 29 x 27 x 2-inch carved gold leaf frame. $7,500.

This is the largest of the three prints that Kollwitz made on this moving interpretation of a religious theme. Elizabeth is on the left and Mary is on the right. Carl Zigrosser writes, "The story of the Visitation gave scope on the human side to the expression of tender camaraderie in the meeting of the two expectant mothers. It is one of the sweetest and lovliest of her prints without a hint of tragic implication." (Prints and Drawings of Kathe Kollwitz. New York: Dover, 1951) p. xvii. Illustrated: Minna C. and H. Arthur Klein, Kathe Kollwitz: Life in Art (New York: Schocken Books, 1975).

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