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Käthe Kollwitz


Käthe Kollwitz was an early twentieth-century German artist who worked with painting, printmaking (including etching, lithography, and woodcuts) and sculpture


She was born in 1867 and died in 1945.


Her work portrays human suffering, she lived through wars and her own son died in World War 1. 


She was a Realist and Expressionist.


Expressionists and Bauhaus artists inspired Kollwitz in her ability to show expression in her artwork. She was also inspired by the etchings of Max Klinger.


Other artists who showed the anguish of war include Otto Dix and Georges Grosz. Dorothea Lange’s famous photo ‘Migrant Mother’ echoes the subject content of Kathe Kollwitz.


Find out more about Käthe Kollwitz


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Link: ‘Käthe Kollwitz’ on Google Arts & Culture


Kapow Primary lesson inspired by Käthe Kollwitz


Kapow Primary Art: KS2: Y6: Make my voice heard: Lesson 2: Self portraits