Kathe Kollwitz, “A Child Faces War… Again”, 1925, Woodcut

Kathe Kollwitz as an expressionist (in this context it means that she in her works is more expressive and emotionally profound than just a realistic and naturalistic artists) is a master of numerous techniques – printmaking, sculpture, ink and pencil drawing, etching, woodcut, etc.

But what is rather exceptional in Kollwitz’ personality is the dedication of her art to the most terrifying human experiences (which most of the people prefer to detour by their attention when they go to museums or open art magazines). Her art depicts the experiences inflicted on the most helpless people – children and adults, weak and poor – by those with super-prosperous and prosperous lives, those who use wars to make more wealth and conquer more territories.

Kathe Kollwitz has dedicated her work to these monsters with human appearance – no, she didn’t dignify these people by including them into her works of art. She shows us their victims – the hungry, the homeless, the crippled by poverty and wars, and mainly children paralyzed by fear – poverty and hunger, and still appealing for salvation. And she shows those adults who have dedicated their whole life to the desperate attempts to save children in spite of often facing the impossibility of achieving much.


Kathe Kollwitz, (1867 – 1945)