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Der Tod und die Arbeiter (Death and the Workers), from the series Grosser Totentanz (The Large Dance of Death)

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Hans Grohs, Der Tod und die Arbeiter (Death and the Workers), from the series Grosser Totentanz (The Large Dance of Death), 1919, woodcut on beige wove paper, Gift of Frauken Grohs Collinson, © unknown, research required, 91.2.2

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Title

Der Tod und die Arbeiter (Death and the Workers), from the series Grosser Totentanz (The Large Dance of Death)

Related Titles

series (original language): Grosser Totentanz

series (translated): The Large Dance of Death

Artist

Hans Grohs (German, 1892-1981)

Date

1919

Medium

woodcut on beige wove paper

Edition

edition of 20

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 19 1/8 in x 12 in; sheet: 26 3/4 in x 20 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: Der Tod und die Arbeiter, graphite, bottom left

inscription: Handdruck, graphite, lower left

signature: H Grohs, graphite, lower right

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

German

Credit Line

Gift of Frauken Grohs Collinson

Accession Number

91.2.2

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

Dance of Death

paper

relief printing

relief prints

wars

woodcut

World War I (1914-1918)

world wars

Description

Like many young men of his generation, Hans Grohs enlisted enthusiastically, eager to serve Germany when war was declared. He encountered no action in battle, as kidney stones earned him an early discharge, but he saw enough of war to radically change his perspective. In 1917 he began his first of three series of prints in the form of a Dance of Death. Throughout the three series, Death is a vigorous, triumphant figure who harvests soldiers and civilians alike. This sheet comes from the final series, which deals with the harsh realities and politics of life in post-war Germany.

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