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Artist and activist – meet Käthe Kollwitz

March 5th, 2018

Käthe Kollwitz. Working Woman with Sleeping Child., 1927. Lithograph in black ink on wove paper, 54.4 × 41.9 cm. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burka, 2007.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and the #5womenartists challenge, we’re asking women curators to tell us about the women artists they love.

A fierce advocate for women, Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was a leading 20th century German artist renowned for her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, sculptures and drawings. Among her preferred themes were motherhood, sacrifice, separation, oppression and death.

The AGO is home to one of the largest collections of her work outside of Germany, thanks to a very generous gift of over 170 works in 2015 by Dr. Brian McCrindle. Many of these works will go on display in April, so we asked Brenda Rix, Manager, Melvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, to tell us more about Käthe Kollwitz and why she’s inspired by her.

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