Käthe Kollwitz

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Käthe Kollwitz (July 8, 1867 – April 22, 1945) was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition, and the tragedy of war, in the first half of the 20th century. Her empathy for the less fortunate, expressed most famously through the graphic means of drawing, etching, lithography, and woodcut, embraced the victims of ... more »

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  • ''Bisexuality is almost a necessary factor in artistic production; at any rate, the tinge of masculinity within me helped me in my work.''
    Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German artist. Diaries and Letters, 1942, ed. Hans Kollwitz (1955).
  • ''No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.''
    Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German artist. Diaries and Letters, April 1910 entry, ed. Hans Kollwitz (1955).
  • ''For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.''
    Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German artist. Diaries and Letters, entry for Jan. 1, 1912, ed. Hans Kollwitz (1955).
  • ''Where do all the women who have watched so carefully over the lives of their beloved ones get the heroism to send them to face the cannon?''
    Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German artist. Made at the start of World War I.. Diaries and Letters, entry, Aug. 27, 1914, ed. Hans Kollwitz (1955).
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