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Prints and Drawings of Käthe Kollwitz (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – June 1, 1969
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"The Weavers," a landmark of class-conscious art, which depicts, in a series of prints, the plight of the worker and his age-long struggle to better his lot. "Death as a Friend," showing a man greeting his death as an old friend, with a hysterical mixture of joy and terror. "The People," in which a mother shields her offspring from phantoms of hate, poverty, and ignorance—and symbolizes woman as creator, begetter of the human race, link between past and future.
These works represent the recurrent themes which most characterize the work of Käthe Kollwitz: social consciousness and a sense of the suffering of mankind, an urge to voice the basic maternal attitude, and a preoccupation with death. She has been called a propagandist, a crusader, yet her art is essentially apolitical. Her concern was not with partisan causes, but rather with universal rights.
Fundamentally a dramatic artist, Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) brought to each of her works an uncanny ability to evoke human emotions through subtle gestures and facial expressions. The reactions of her characters were psychologically true primarily because she tested them on herself.
The present collection contains 83 of Mrs. Kollwitz's finest works, including the last great print cycles: "The Weavers" of 1898; "The Peasant War" of 1908; "War" of 1925; and "Death" of 1935. These selections provide a full panorama of Mrs. Kollwitz's development as a master of the graphic techniques of etching, woodcutting and lithography. Over 69 of the illustrations have been rephotographed from the original works specially for this edition, and new techniques in photolithography and a larger format have resulted in reproductions that are as close as possible to the prints and drawings themselves.
Top Customer Reviews
For those learning the craft of charcoal illustration, there is much material here that I imagine would be helpful. For me, I was attracted by the simple fact that I am a fan. The only drawback (if it can be considered such) is the size of the book - its large (40 cm x 28 cm). However, the size allows one to get a better sense of the detail of Kollwitz's work even though it may be a struggle to make this fit in a standard bookcase. That said, it is a fantastic and comprehensive collection with an outstanding introduction to Kollwitz's life, her growth as an artist and her influence. Highly recommended.
To see her draw is to understand that drawing can mean something very different from what Ingres meant: she is a real kick in the head to people whose only thought has been "finer crosshatching!"
It's a good book at a good price. I might have wanted some explanation of what her goals were and how she approached them in drawing but you can't have everything.
The only complaint I have is beyond petty; the book is taller than standard books and as a result does not fit in ANY of my bookcases properly and I have to put it in sideways. Boo hoo.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful renderings of the original art and a good introduction to Kollwitz's life and times.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kathe Kollwitz is my favorite artist. As a artist myself, I have been greatly influenced by her work. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Barbara Hughes
I was very pleased with the size of this book and the pictures of Kathe Kollwitz's work. I would suggest this book to anyone wanting a good tutorial about the artist and her work.Published on March 28, 2013 by J. Bourne
This book provides a lot of good reproductions. As a student of printmaking who is very interested in the German Expressionists this book will provide a good reference.Published on January 21, 2013 by Barbara Murray
If you are a fan of kathe kollwitz then this is the book for you. Has lots of her work displayed in here and some of them I had never seen before. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by another pretty face