Storming the Gate, Plate 5 from "The Weavers' Revolt"
12 in. (30.5 cm)
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Gerhart Hauptmann's play, The Weavers, inspired this series of prints. First performed in Berlin in 1893, the play dealt with the desperate conditions and revolt of Silesian weavers in the winter of 1840. The disturbances were part of the industrial revolution that swept Europe in the Nineteenth Century. Kollwitz worked on the series from 1894-1898. The episodes follow a dramatic pattern of provocation, angry reaction and tragic end.
The series comes to a climax in this print, which shows the outbreak of violence in front of the factory owner's wrought-iron gate.
This print is a "re-strike", an impression printed after the original edition was no longer available. The re-strike is pulled from the original plate, but someone other than the artist or original printer was responsible for making the impression.