etching and aquatint, 1906, by Käthe Kollwitz
etching, 1907 by Käthe Kollwitz
THE PEASANT WAR, seven-plate cycle, 1903-08
The Plougher of her Peasant War series symbolises the oppressed of every age. Not the man behind the plough, but reduced to pulling it himself, he is a virtual beast of burden, yoked to the plough.
Käthe Kollwitz was commissioned to commemorate the sixteenth century uprising of German peasants, beginning with the causes of their discontent.