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Woman with Dead Child

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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The stark, animal-like figure of a woman passionately embraces the corpse of a young boy. In 1914 this became reality for the artist when her younger son, the model for the dead boy, died in the early months of the First World War. The maternal grief for the dead boy signifies the artist’s hatred of wars and her pessimistic view of Germany at that time.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

1903

Medium

etching on paper

Measurements

H 42.5 x W 49 cm

Accession number

BIRBI-2000.8

Acquisition method

purchased, 2000

Work type

Print


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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