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Saturday 5 January 2019

Kathe Kollwitz's etching, “At the Church Wall”, 1893

Kathe Kollwitz (1867–1945)

“At the Church Wall” (An der Kirchenmauer), 1893, from a later (c1931?) edition with engraved text of the earlier edition erased and without the Becke blind-stamp.
Etching and drypoint on cream-colored wove paper, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 35.5 x 24.7 cm; (plate) 25.2 x 13.3 cm; (image borderline) 23.9 x 11.6 cm.
State v (b) with burnished engraved text and without stamped signature or blindstamp of Becke.

Klipstein 1955, no. 19, state v(b) (August Klipstein 1955, “Käthe Kollwitz, Verzeichnis des graphischen Werkes”, Bern, Klipstein & Co, pp. 21–22)

Klipstein (1955) offers the following insight about this print:
(transl.) “[This print is] one of the first three works that the artist exhibited in July 1893 at the ‘Free Art Exhibition’ in Berlin and which caught the attention of art critic Julius Elias” (p. 22).

See the description of this print at the National Gallery of Art:

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with margins in very good condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, creases, abrasions, stains or foxing), backed with a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are pencil notations along the lower edge of the sheet from a previous collector.

I am selling this graphically powerful etching—a small masterpiece capturing the profound sadness and despair of a dispossessed woman outside a church—for AU$630 (currently US$448.56/EUR393.56/GBP352.55 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this remarkable etching by Kollwitz, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold