Kathe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist

Kathe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist
Library Shelf Location 18.KOLL
Publication Date 2017

Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was one of the leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

She developed a mastery of graphic art which quickly established her reputation in Germany, then further afield as her influence spread internationally after the First World War. Establishing herself in an art world dominated by men, Kollwitz developed a vision centred on women and the working class.

Portrait of the Artist looks at her work through the exploration of self-portraits and portraits of working women, her two great series concerned with social injustice: Ein Weberaufstand (A Weavers’ Revolt, 1897) and Bauernkrieg (Peasants’ War, 1908), the ever-present imagery of death, especially a mother’s grief, and finally the theme of war and remembrance after her younger son, Peter, had been killed at the beginning of the First World War.

Kollwitz was an intensely passionate individual, in personal relationships and politics, an artist who pushed hard in the direction of equality for women in all walks of life. Her emphasis was often on what was distinctive about women’s experience, including the fundamental nature and potency of maternal love. She believed that art could be a force for good in society.

The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the British Museum and is complemented by a small number of loans from a private owner and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Portrait of the Artist Käthe Kollwitz at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (13 September – 26 November 2017)

ISBN 9781911155140
Quantity 1
Pages 156 pages
Authors Frances Carey, Max Egremont
Format Softcover
Publisher Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Related Artist Kathe Kollwitz
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Printmaking, Drawing
Artist's Nationality German
Language English

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