Hope and Despair II

Hope and Despair II

1931

Ernst Barlach

(German, 1870-1938)

Lithograph

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland in memory of William J. Eastman 1953.344

Catalogue raisonné: Schult 293

Description

In both his sculpture and prints, Barlach expressed the suffering and anguish of World War I (1914-18) and the difficult years that followed. The artist, whose work depicts ordinary workers, wrote: "Truly, not beauty and loveliness is our strength, our power, but rather the opposite, ugliness, daemonic passion and the grotesque genius of greatness..."

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