German lithographer Kathe Kollwitz’s art became the
vehicle for her protest of the senselessness of war. She
couldn’t have found a more effective way to express her
sentiments. The body of work she produced moved art
historians the world over to classify Kollwitz as one of
the four most important graphic artists of the twentieth
century. Tragically, a great deal of her work was destroyed
by the Nazis and by bombings in World War II, but what
has survived is a record of her power. It is not only her
powerful graphic technique that has provided lasting
fame, but her subject matter—almost always a peasant
woman with a strong body, often surrounded by children,
different from the typical passive, sexualized women
found in male-dominated art.
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