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Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz

Glynn Vivian Exhibition

Käthe Kollwitz: Portrait of the Artist 006_woman with dead child, 1949,0411.3927_jpeg.jpg
24 Mar 2018 - 17 Jun 2018
10.00AM. Ends at 5.00pm
This event is free.
Glynn Vivian
Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ

Room 3

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was one of the leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

She lived an intensely examined life, expressed in her numerous selfportraits, diaries and correspondence; at the core of this existence was her work as an artist and a mastery of graphic art which quickly established her reputation in Germany, then further afield as her influence spread internationally after the First World War.

Kollwitz's unique artistic talent, her technical prowess and intelligence, and above all her humanity, can be seen in this exhibition. There is much about the life and work of Kollwitz that instils hope, that is inspiring and life affirming, despite the burden of hardship and sorrow carried by so many of her figures and by herself. Her emphasis was often on what was distinctive about women's experience, including the fundamental nature and potency of maternal love. She believed that art could be a force for good in society.

The exhibition is organised in partnership between Ikon and the British Museum and is generously supported by the Dorset Foundation. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.

Käthe Kollwitz, Woman with Dead Child, 1903, © The Trustees of the British Museum

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