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Käthe Kollwitz and German Expressionism: Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945)

"Käthe Kollwitz and German Expressionism" features over fifty works by Käthe Kollwitz plus additional works by Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Heinrich Campendonck, Marc Chagall, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmuller, Hans Fronius, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Hoch, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Meidner, Edvard Munch, Heinrich Nauen, Emile Nolde, Max Pechstein, Georges Rouault, Rudolf Schlichter, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Siegfried Schott, Georg Tappert, Wilhelm Wagner, and others. (Look for additional images to be added as time permits; all works are available for purchase unless otherwise indicated.)

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One of the greatest graphic artists of all time, Kollwitz, the granddaughter of a radical preacher and the daughter of a union organizer, a pacifist, a lover of childre, and a socialist, spent her life in an autocratic state which, whether rulerd by the Kaiser or the Nazis, hated everything for which she stood. Ther first woman to be elected professor at the Prussiian Academy, she lost her position as soon as Hitler came to power. The two prints above—Der Agitationsredner / The Agitator (Kl. 224) and Verbrüderung / Fraternal love (Kl. 199b)—seem to sum up the possibilities that Kollwitz foresaw for her country in the 1920s, either to follow those voices inciting hatred and setting each against the other or to find away for all to live together in loving harmony. Kollwitz's art shows us one who responded to her country's choice with anguished protest, as if this print might finally be the one to bring Germany back to her senses.
Verbrüderung / Fraternal love (Kl. 199b). Original lithograph, 1924. Edition: 400 signed impressions. A good impression with the remains of old paper-tape around the borders verso. A powerful image of the possibility of humanity's search for love as a relief from pain and oppression. Included in German Expressionist Prints & Drawings, 1989 (LACMA, p. 52). Images size: 235x170mm. Price $3900.
Der Agitationsredner / The Agitator (Kl. 224). Original lithograph, 1926. Edition: 25 signed impressions on Japan, 50 signed impressions on white Bütten, and an unsigned impression. Ours is one of the 50 on white Bütten. A powerful and painful study of the politics of the 1920s. Image size: 314x216mm. Price: $3900.
Self Portrait (Kl. 122 vii b). Original soft-ground etching and aquatint, 1912. Published in Johannes Sievers' 1913 Catalogue Raisonne of her etchings and lithographs. Ours is a signed impression. Klipstein lists only 30 signed impressions printed by Richter published in 1920, but Richter was also involved in the 1913 catalogue according to its title page. A beautiful rare signed impression. Image size: 140x99mm. Price: SOLD.
We do have a very good unsigned impression (Kl. 122 viie) printed in black ink available. Price: $1975.

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