Kathe Kollwitz

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        Kathe Kollwitz was one of the most powerfully emotional German artists of the 20th-century. She married a doctor in 1891 and settled in Berlin in a slum where she lived until she was bombed out in 1943 ...

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          Color Lithography on paper
          51,6 x 38,5 cm

          © VBK Wien, 2009, Private Collection

          []  Name: Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz
          []  Known as: German painter, printmaker, and sculptor
          []  Born: July 8, 1867
          []  Place of birth: Königsberg, East Prussia

          []  Died: April 22, 1945
          []  Place of death: Moritzburg, Germany

          'I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown' - Käthe Kollwitz

        She soon began to make etchings, woodcuts and lithographs mainly on the Mother and Child theme and often with left-wing intentions (Weavers' Rising, 1893-7, and Peasants' War, 1903-8). Most of her best works are tragic and many of them are specifically pacifist - her son was killed in 1914 and her grandson in 1942.

          'It is my duty to voice the suffering of men, the never-ending sufferings heaped mountain-high' - Käthe Kollwitz

        In 1927 she made a journey to Russia, but was subsequently disillusioned. In 1933 she was expelled from the Academy and in the following years made eight large lithographs called Death. In her later years she also made some bronzes of which the most important is a memorial to her son in Diksmuide, Flanders (1924-32).

        Kathe Kollwitz autographs (seen a couple over the years), prints and more @ ebay.com (direct link to her page)

        Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)

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        Further Reading: Prints and Drawings of Kathe Kollwitz


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