Rarely Seen Käthe Kollwitz Prints at the Brooklyn Museum: German Expressionism and the burden of war

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Brooklyn, 3 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

From 15 March to 15 September 2013, the Brooklyn Museum is to showcase works by major German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz, through a collection of rare prints focusing on the themes of war, social struggle and daily decay of the working class. Kollwitz’s benchmark undoubtedly lay within a compassion for the less fortunate, which she expressed in her work as a sculptor, painter, and printmaker in the early 20th century. She learned how to refine her drawing technique at an art school for women in Berlin, the only city she could find a place where women were officially allowed to study art.

Deemed “degenerate” by the Nazi regime, Kollwitz’s work was removed from galleries and museums when Hitler took control of Germany. The artist was deeply affected by the death of her son during World War I. Many of her works have been displayed in various cemeteries and memorials in commemoration for the war.

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