Käthe Kollwitz

Have you ever seen such a strong image?

This woodcut is a self-portrait made by Käthe Kollwitz in 1923.

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is considered by many to be one of the greatest draughtsmen and printmakers of all time. She is often mentioned in discussions of German Expressionism, but did actually belong to an earlier generation of artists.

Käthe Kollwitz was born into a socially conscious family in Koenigsberg, East Prussia. She often contributed images to propaganda posters advocating for social equality. In her prolific career she produced over 270 etchings, woodcuts and lithographs dedicated to portraying social messages against the unbearable pain and suffering caused by war and the exploitation of the proletariat.Few artists of the twentieth century have created a more powerful emotional language. Her graphic works exemplify the power of art to transform society. They stand as a timeless reminder of the constant human struggle for peace and against oppression.

If you like to know more about her self-portraits, have a look here -

You might also want to have a look at the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin

One thought on “Käthe Kollwitz

  1. As you say, a timeless reminder for what we can be. Once again, I discover yet another fascinating artist whose work reveals us as we are and therefore, as we could be.

    Thanks for another excellent post.

    Karen

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