Artwork of the Week: August 1

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Workshop of Henry Augsute, silversmith (French, 1759–1815); Jean-Guillaume Moitte, designer (French, 176–1810), Casket with Figure of Morpheus, silver, cast, chased, gilt, about , 1793–98. H. 8 5/8 in., L. 12 ¾ in. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott. Gallery 23A

Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945), The Volunteers (Die Freiwilligen), from War (Krieg), woodcut, 1921–22; published 1923. 18 3/4 x 25 7/8 in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1983.2c. In the exhibition The Great War: Art on the Front Line (July 25–October 19), Gallery 18

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (July 28, 1914), the Toledo Museum of Art has organized the exhibition The Great War: Art on the Front Line from its collections. Like most artists featured in the exhibition, Käthe Kollwitz was personally affected by the war. Her 18-year-old son Peter was killed at the Front in 1914. In 1921–22 she produced a series of seven harrowing images of fear and grief and suffering called simply War (Krieg). Here a group of volunteers—including Peter, highlighted at the center—is pulled along relentlessly by the figure of Death beating a drum.


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