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Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz

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Käthe Kollwitz

Edited with text by Starr Figura
Text by Kirsty Bell, Maggie Hire, Dorothy Price, and Sarah Rapoport

An extraordinary gathering of rare drawings, prints and sculptures focusing on themes of motherhood, grief and resistance

In the early 20th century, when many artists were experimenting with abstraction by way of colorful painting, Käthe Kollwitz remained committed to an art of social purpose through figurative, black-and-white printmaking and drawing. Through her work, she brought visibility to the hardships of the working class and asserted the female point of view as a necessary and powerful agent for change.

Published in conjunction with the largest exhibition of her work in the United States in more than 30 years, and the first major retrospective devoted to Kollwitz at a New York museum, this book surveys the artist’s career from the 1890s through the early 1940s. It features approximately 120 drawings, prints and sculptures drawn from public and private collections in Europe and North America. Examples of the artist’s most iconic projects showcase her political engagement, while rarely seen studies and working proofs highlight her intensive, ever-searching creative process. Essays explore crucial aspects of Kollwitz’s art, career and legacy, including her professional life and connections in Berlin, her groundbreaking approach to the subject of women’s grief and her work’s reception among artists in the US.

Hardcover
248 pages | 200 color illustrations
The Museum of Modern Art, 2024
9 x 10.5 inches
ISBN 9781633451612
Artist Retrospective, Monograph, Woman Artist

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