Jun 8, 2015

Hope and Despair II

Hope and Despair II


Ernst Barlach

(German, 1870–1938)


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

Catalogue raisonné: Schult 293



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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