Biography Of Kathe Kollwitz 's Famous Etching Of Woman With Dead Child

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Käthe Kollwitz, who lived from 1867 to 1945, was raised in Prussia and spent her adult years living in Germany as an artist and wife of a physician. During her lifetime she experienced vast social upheaval as a result of socialism, fascism and Nazism. The images she witnessed during working class revolts, civil unrest, World War I and World War II greatly impacted the art she created over her lifetime. Another factor which impacts all artist is the popular art movements of the times. Over Käthe Kollwitz’s seventy-eight years of life she lived through the popular art movements of realism, impressionism, post-impression and expressionism. Kollwitz’s famous etching of Woman with Dead Child prominently represent the styles of realism and expressionism. Käthe Kollwitz received formal artist education during the height of realism. The art movement of realism, which was most popular between 1848 to the 1900’s, began around the 1840’s due to the social changes brought on by the industrial revolution. Art of the realism movement focused on real people and real situations rather than the fantasy or ideal persons or situations. Artists created pictures of the working class, street life and everyday scenes experienced in the actual world (Visual Arts, n.d). Working class revolts, civil unrest and World War I became a common subject of realism. In turn, realism documented the plight of the otherwise voiceless. Beginning in 1888, while Kollwitz received her education from Munich Women’s…

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