Kathe Kollwitz


Kathe Kollwitz (nee Schmidt) (1867-1945) attended the Berlin Art School for a year in 1885 before studying later in Munich. In 1891 she married a doctor; his work with poor patients and the loss of one of their two sons in the First World War made Kollwitz into an anti-military spokeswoman for the oppressed. She chose to use etching, lithography, and woodcut as her means of expression; capable of great tenderness in her depiction of mothers and children, she also worked as an illustrator and her most famous work was a great poster entitled No more war! Formerly a teacher at the Berlin Academy of Art, Kollwitz was dismissed from her post because Hitler condemned her views, and spent the Second World War in internal exile in Germany. Kollwitz died in 1945.

The delightful Kathe Kollwitz prints we had in stock that were imported from the US have now all sold out.