A survey of her works 1888—1942
Ed. by Hannelore Fischer for Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln
304 pp, 203 mostly coloured illustrations
24 x 28 cm, hardcover
Hirmer, Munich 2022
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about the book
Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945), the most important German woman artist of the first half of the twentieth century, addressed war, poverty and death in her work like no other, but also love, security and the struggle for peace in a powerful way. With her drawings, graphics and sculptures, she achieved worldwide renown already during her lifetime.
Kollwitz’s work reflects the changing times from the German Empire to the First World War, from the Weimar Republic to National Socialism and the Second World War. Trained in the academic tradition, her work touches on the ‘isms’ of modernism. Yet her art is never overshadowed by that of her male colleagues. Käthe Kollwitz developed her own distinctive style. Her striking imagery still moves us today, transcends national boundaries and is timelessly relevant.
This monograph presents an overview of her entire artistic oeuvre and relates her works to her own statements, contemporary commentary and current appraisals. With over 200 illustrations in chapters arranged by theme as well as an introduction to her life, the catalogue features the artist’s major works along with selected drawings and rare graphics from the most comprehensive holdings of her art worldwide at the Cologne Kollwitz Collection.