From a Modern Dance of Death by Ernst Barlach

Lithograph, 1916.

From a Modern Dance of Death

Art work details

Original Title :
Aus Einem neuzeitlichen Totentanz
Year of production :
Ernst Barlach
Medium :
Original print, Lithograph
Paper, Ink (printing)
Dimensions :
height: 34.5 cms; width: 28 cms
Credit Line :
Purchased from Mrs Margaret Fisher
Catalogue References:
Schult II, 78. Laur 29. Söhn 10611-3. Feilchenfeldt/Brandis Z4.11. Rifkind 84.
Associated Groups :
Berliner Secession
Lithograph, Barlach, World War I, Death, Der Bildermann

War is depicted as a massive giant poised above a mountain of skeletons, ending life with a sledgehammer blow. Barlach’s title looks back to the medieval theme ‘A Dance of Death’ in which living and dead both join a procession or dance, portraying the inevitability of death the equaliser.

Page from Der Bildermann 1, No. 11 (1916), recto Symbole der Zeit VII by Max Slevogt.

Printed by Paul Cassirer.

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