The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Friday, February 24, 2017

and we return to Printmakers At War

We continue with our semester's plan of waging war against the madness that sours our beautiful lives...

 Käthe Kollwitz 

"This is Plate 7 of Kollwitz' Peasants' War cycle. The defeated prisoners have been herded together for punishment and execution."

Käthe Kollwitz

The Prisoners


etching with aquatint on paper

height: 32.8 cm width: 42.9 cm

"In a letter of 1902, Kollwitz wrote about Losbruch, "I consider this Peasants' War print to be my best work and I am rather happy about it....This is indeed a Revolt; it explodes off the page as the peasants surge forth, there is an unmistakeable determination to fight in their haggard faces..."

Kollwitz, Käthe, 1867 - 1945

Losbruch (Charge )(Outbreak), Plate V from the series Bauernkrieg (Peasants' War)


soft ground etching, textile print and photogravure on paper
sheet: 22 x 28 3/4 in.; 55.88 x 73.025 cm; image: 9 1/8 x 22 11/16 in.; 23.1775 x 57.6263 cm

"Sheet 3 of The Peasants' War series... one of Kollwitz' most famous images: a peasant sharpening his scythe and dreaming of revenge."

Käthe Kollwitz, German, 1867–1945

Beim Dengeln (Sharpening the Scythe), plate 3 from Bauernkrieg (Peasants' War)

1905 published 1921
Etching, engraving, soft-ground etching, and photomechanical tone
Plate: 298 x 298 mm (11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.); Sheet: 631 x 443 mm (24 13/16 x 17 7/16 in.)

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Be prepared BabyPrintFools to explore the idea of a series...

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