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Peasant War print 3: Whetting the Scythe

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Peasant War print 3: Whetting the Scythe, 1905, Käthe Kollwitz
Peasant War print 3: Whetting the Scythe, zoomed in
29.5 cm29 cm

Peasant War print 3: Whetting the Scythe is an Expressionist Etching and Drypoint Print created by Käthe Kollwitz in 1905. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged The Peasant War. SourceDownload

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An old woman with strong hands whets her sythe. This is the third print in Käthe Kollwitz’s series The Peasant War, which told a story of the German revolution of 1525, where peasants finally rose up against the feudal lords after centuries of abuse. After two prints describing institutional and personal violence, here we see a dark visage of the uprising to come. This woman means business.

Reed Enger, "Peasant War print 3: Whetting the Scythe," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 30, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/kathe-kollwitz/whetting-the-scythe/.

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