Bulletin du Musée National de Varsovie — 3.1962

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4. Kaethe Kollwitz, Afight in the inn (Scenę from "Germinal") 1904 (?), etching, Dresdener
Kupferstich-Kabinett, No A. 1911—40

cept of the cllmax of the fight appears, and this Was presented finally, though in somewhat
changed form, in the etching of 1894.

From the artistic standpoir.t the Warsaw scenę in the inn fore-shadows well Kollwitz's
style in her work of the first period which was her best period. Though this drawing was done
somewhat earlier than the one in Dresden, it represents higher formal values. It is remar-
kable for a stronger depiction of the characters, a better balanced composition, a more vivid
vibration of shades and lights. In her later works the light uśually pierces the gloom coming
from a weak source, with difficulty giving a certain ponderous fluidity to the contours of the
persons and of the objects.

Now, that the work of the eminent German artist, who died in 1945, is awaking growing
interest, her early drawing from the Warsaw collection is worth the attention of critics.

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