Käthe Kollwitz

German, 1867–1945

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Käthe Kollwitz

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German, 1867–1945

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Considered one of Germany’s most important early 20th-century artists, Käthe Kollwitz captured the hardships suffered by the working class in drawings, paintings, and prints. Themes of war and poverty dominate Kollwitz’s oeuvre, with images of women grieving dead children a particularly important and recurring theme—an experience that Kollwitz suffered herself when her son died in WWI, influencing her decision to become a Socialist. Kollwitz’s unflinching exploration of human suffering amounted to a searing indictment of social conditions in Germany. In 1936, the Nazis declared Kollwitz’s art “degenerate” and her artworks were removed from museums.

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Biography

Considered one of Germany’s most important early 20th-century artists, Käthe Kollwitz captured the hardships suffered by the working class in drawings, paintings, and prints. Themes of war and poverty dominate Kollwitz’s oeuvre, with images of women grieving dead children a particularly important and recurring theme—an experience that Kollwitz suffered herself when her son died in WWI, influencing her decision to become a Socialist. Kollwitz’s unflinching exploration of human suffering amounted to a searing indictment of social conditions in Germany. In 1936, the Nazis declared Kollwitz’s art “degenerate” and her artworks were removed from museums.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Dallas Museum of Art, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Articles Featuring Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz’s Art Was Compassionate, Subversive, and Politically Outspoken
May 14th, 2020
Käthe Kollwitz’s Art Was Compassionate, Subversive, and Politically Outspoken
The German Expressionists’ Shockingly Raw Work Exploded Bourgeois Values and Reinvented Art
Aug 31st, 2018
The German Expressionists’ Shockingly Raw Work Exploded Bourgeois Values and Reinvented Art
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