print of the socialist leader, Rosa Luxemburg, was one of
seven woodcuts comprising a portfolio named Lebendige
(The Living). The artist belonged to Gesellschaft der Kunste
(Arts Company), a group of leading artists from the city
of Cologne that sought "the transformation of the teaching
of art, and the establishment of a living contact between
art and the people."
print was executed in typical avant garde Expressionist
fashion - rough and exaggerated. It was an homage to Luxemburg,
who had been viciously murdered by rightist thugs.