T03694 Death and the Maiden c.1918–25
Charcoal on paper 21 3/4 × 19 3/4 (550 × 497)
Presented by Dr. J.P. Hodin 1983
Prov: Dr. J.P. Hodin (from the artist)
Exh: Else Meidner, Ben Uri Gallery, June–July 1972 (30)
Mrs Meidner said that this was probably one of the drawings which she executed when she was a teenager in Berlin. As her father was a doctor and she was sensitive in her early youth and afraid of death, her drawings and writings of that period were predominantly on the subject of death (information from H.R. Holme on behalf of the artist, 12 December 1984).
She already had a great admiration at that time for the work of Käthe Kollwitz, whom she went to visit in 1918, taking some of her own drawings with her, and with whom she remained in touch for some years afterwards.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986