Kathe Kollwitz

About Artist: Kathe Kollwitz (1867 - 1945) was born in Konigsberg, East Prussia. She married Dr Karl Kollwitz and they settled in a working class area north of Berlin. After the death of her eldest son Peter, Kathe began to consider socialist and pacifist ideas. Around this time Kollwitz created a woodcut dedicated to Karl Liebknecht, the revolutionary socialist who was murdered in 1919. Kollwitz's work increasingly reflected her concerns with war, poverty and working class life. During the early 1930s, under the reign of the Nazi Party, the authorities forced Kollwitz to resign her place on the faculty of the Akademie der Kunste as a result of her involvement in the Dringender Appell - translated as the 'Urgent Call of Unity'. Despite this, the party took a piece from her "mother and child" series and used it for Nazi Propaganda. Have a look at our range of Kathe Kollwitz hand signed limited edition prints.

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