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  1. Käthe Kollwitz 1867-1945

  2. The Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne (Köln), Germany You can take a virtual tour of the entire museum. The accompanying text is solid: informative but not overwhelming. Käthe Kollwitz's imagery is marked by poverty stricken, sickly women who are barely able to care for or nourish their children. Kollwitz's art has a single purpose: she is advocating on behalf of the working poor, the suffering and the sick. Her work serves as an indictment of the social conditions in Germany during the late 19th and early 20th century. Kollwitz’s work is characteristic of expressionism. She is expressing a personal vision, so that others will “see” and perhaps thus feel the suffering she has witnessed as the wife of a doctor who took care of the working poor. Kollwitz’s commitment to championing the rights of underprivileged people never faltered. Her work is very effective precisely because she is able to express human suffering in artistic terms. Perhaps the most important evidence of the emotional efficacy of her work is how the men in power reacted. In 1897, for example, Kaiser Wilhelm prevented Kollwitz from receiving a gold medal at the Berlin Salon because of the "subversive" nature of her subject matter. Kollwitz also encountered difficulties during the Nazi era. In 1933 she was forced to resign her position as the first female professor appointed to the Prussian Academy (in 1919); soon thereafter she was forbidden to exhibit her art. Kollwitz's home was bombed in 1943. Her art was classified as "degenerate."

  3. Käthe KollwitzPoverty1893-94etching and drypoint

  4. Käthe KollwitzWoman with Dead Child1903etching and drypoint

  5. Käthe KollwitzBattlefield1907etching mounted on wove paper

  6. Käthe KollwitzThe Mothers1921pen and brush

  7. Käthe KollwitzThe Call of Death1934charcoal on laid paper

  8. Käthe KollwitzMother with Two Children1932-1936bronze

  9. Käthe KollwitzPieta1937-1938bronze

  10. Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for Victims of Wars and Terrorism

  11. Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for Victims of Wars and Terrorism

  12. Käthe KollwitzSelf Portrait1898color lithograph

  13. Käthe KollwitzSelf Portrait1924ink and wash on green paper

  14. Käthe KollwitzSelf Portrait Facing Right1938lithograph