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Elizabeth Prelinger with essays by Alessandra Comini and Hildegard Bachert
Few artists have as devoted a following as Käthe Kollwitz. She has been celebrated throughout her native Germany, and her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions worldwide. Kollwitz is largely known in the United States through political posters and restrikes of her prints. An emphasis on the social content of her work has to some extent dominated her reputation, often at the expense of her remarkable artistic skills. Käthe Kollwitz aims to challenge and augment that view by focusing on the artistic aspect of her achievement. Included are a wide range of the artist’s self-portraits, significant examples of her sculpture, and works in color that counter her reputation as a monochromatic artist. Also presented are preparatory drawings and working proofs, with the expectation that these rare works will lend valuable insight into the artist’s inventive means of mastering her media.