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.