Blog Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Posted April 2, 2020, 7:38 p.m. by T

Advertisement
VEGAS - Not Ever banner

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Getty Research Institute 

 

Käthe Kollwitz’s oeuvre found its defining phase the first half of the twentieth century with her graphic depictions that covered the span of two world wars and depicted the implications and changes that the turbulences of that time brought – in essence, people struggling to survive, politics and injustices as well as the ever present sense of loss.

The opulently illustrated tome covers close to fifty years of an artist whose mastery of non-mainstream techniques is on par with excellence, which is mirrored in her expressionist emissions, be it woodcuts, etchings, lithographs or drawings.

The book manages to capture the essence of how Kollwitz channelled her alchemy, the political power, appeal, immediacy and thrall of which is still relevant and reverberates to this day.

Apart from being a fantastic resource for the uninitiated, being familiar with Kollwitz, the book offered interesting and for me new information along with prints that I have never had a chance to view before.

Käthe Kollwitz’s work is that of endless experimentation and a DIY ethic that the punk scene could only dream of. Strongly independent, the book portrays how Kollwitz not merely communicated political ideas and exposed unjust, but how the process of her art became an articulate, visual language. The fact that the means were limited back in the day make it all the more interesting.

The title of the book, i.e. the alliteration Prints, Process, Politics, is a telling one as it details all three themes and offers a glimpse into the journey from the inception of thoughts to what culminated in masterful artistic compositions.

An ode to one of Europe’s most important artists.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

The Triffids: Vagabond Holes & Beautiful Waste

Posted by T
Aug. 7, 2020, 9:49 p.m.

The Triffids Fremantle Press Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids   Despite having left a legacy of fantastic music and an album that should not be missing from the ... read more

Water of Life - Kings Cross Distillery

Posted by T
Aug. 6, 2020, 8:17 p.m.

Water of Life - Kings Cross Distillery   It was about high time for Sydney to have its own locally grown gin distillery and since July this year. While Australia ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – The Velvet Sledgehammer

Posted by T
Aug. 5, 2020, 8:23 p.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer – The Velvet Sledgehammer   If Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art – MONA is not of your bucket list of places to visit, ... read more

Jeremy Kirwan-Ward: You Can See It From Here

Posted by T
Aug. 3, 2020, 8:08 p.m.

Jeremy Kirwan-Ward: You Can See It From Here Fremantle Press   One of the qualities of art is to offer to grind a new lens and the opportunity to transform ... read more

Search/Play/Repeat - July

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 3, 2020, 4:44 p.m.

July: Hype Stickers Boy, I'm getting these things up later and later. Thanks for checking out what I listened to for this installment of Search/Play/Repeat. A lot of 2020 releases ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.