Self-Portrait

Käthe Kollwitz
1867-1945
Self-Portrait
1912
Etching on wove paper, laid down on board.
image: 5 9/16 x 4 inches (141 x 102 mm); sheet: 12 7/16 x 9 15/16 inches (316 x 253 mm)
Gift of Henry and Ruth Yancovich in memory of Miss Ruth G. Woodis of Worcester, Massachusetts.
2007.86
© Käthe Kollwitz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Provenance: 
Henry and Ruth Yancovich, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Inscription: 
Dry-stamp of Alexander von der Becke (Knesebeck b).
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Kathe Kollwitz was a prolific printmaker and sculptor whose long career spanned the politically and artistically turbulent decades of the first half of the twentieth century in Germany. Subjects such as war, death, and misery and the corresponding themes of struggle, suffering, and loss make for an oeuvre that is both somber and moving. She also executed a number of Self-Portraits, especially in later years; they show a face that had personally weathered many of the hardships she spent her artistic life depicting. Her stylistic transition from naturalism to a unique form of expressionism heightened the dramatic content of her works.

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