Along the bottom of the composition are two horizontal bands with white borders. Within these bands are organic shapes bordered in dark lines. At the top half of the composition is square with white borders that showcases a heavily lined scene reminiscent of waves in the ocean. The background of the piece is highly texturized.
This abstract print is part of the portfolio, A Genesis, which included 14 additional etchings by Peterdi as well as 15 poems by John Ciardi. According to the National Collection of Fine Arts' exhibition catalog Gabor Peterdi: Forty-five Years of Printmaking, Peterdi's work consistently explores nature, man, and their interrelationships. These relationships work to evoke a sense of continuity and a reaffirmation of life.
Abstracted, organic shapes in black and gray tones flow through the top three-fourths of the composition. Some small, thumbnail like lines are embedded into the shapes in the center right. A small reddish-colored shape is in the middle of the composition.
Text: Fighting in France for Freedom!--Are YOU Helping at Home? - Wild and enthusiastic times marked the victory day's celebration all over the country. Every city vied in having celebrations on Monday when hostilities ceased and it was one joyful day in every place in the United States. New York was a pandemonium of joy and everybody knows they celebrate with a vengeance. Photograph shows one instance of the crowds which Mayor Hyland addressed. - THE TRAILS OF "OUR BOYS" WON'T CEASE WITH PEACE. - When the fighting ends, American soldiers will have to be kept in France a long time. Without the excitement of battle they'll be more homesick and restless than ever before. An that's why every man and every woman must contribute to the United War Work Fund. - IS ANYTHING TOO MUCH?
In the foreground, a man and a woman carry a child as they move to the left of the page. The man carries the child's body, while the woman holds the childs head. The man's face is turned towards the left, while the woman's head is bowed toward the child. The man and woman are dressed in dark clothes, while the child is shown in white. The child's arm hangs limp. A crowd of children is gathered in the background, looking at the three main figures.
From 1910 onwards, Kollwitz's work focused less on social and political themes, and more on intimate human relationships. In her work, she often showcased personal suffering caused by widespread social problems due to city life. In 1903, Kollwitz's older son caught diptheria, and the threat of his death led her to use death as a major theme in her work, as shown here by a mother and father carrying their dead child.
Text: YMCA - Cabled From France August 21st, 1918 - "A sense of obligation for the varied and useful service rendered to the army in France by the Y.M.C.A. prompts me to join in the appeal for its further financial support. I have opportunity to observe its operations, measure the quality of its personnel and mark its beneficial influence upon our troops, and I wish unreservedly to commend its work for the Army." - Pershing - United War Work Campaign - November 11-18, 1918
Inscribed in pencil, verso, left center and upper left: P-20 Inscribed in pencil, verso, l.l.: 22./#1 Stamped and numbered in pencil, verso l.r.: Walker Evans 111 205 (111 and 205 in boxes see object file accession sheet for clarification)