Käthe Kollwitz, ‘Mother with Child in Her Arms (Mutter mit Kind auf Dem Arm)’, 1916, Dallas Museum of Art

Image rights: © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts, The Alfred and Juanita Bromberg Collection, bequest of Juanita K. Bromberg

About Käthe Kollwitz

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.

German, 1867-1945, Kaliningrad, Russia, based in Dresden, Germany

Group Shows

German Expressionist Prints
Gemeentemuseum Helmond, 
Helmond, Netherlands,
Woman and Work
Lentos Kunstmuseum, 
Linz, Austria,
Der nackte Mann