Käthe Kollwitz’s Witness to War: Gender, Authority, and Reception

  title={K{\"a}the Kollwitz’s Witness to War: Gender, Authority, and Reception},
  author={Ingrid Sharp},
  journal={Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature \& Culture},
  pages={107 - 87}
  • Ingrid Sharp
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature & Culture
Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) is one of Germany’s most popular and successful graphic artists and sculptors, but her witness to World War I has often been overlooked or misinterpreted. Consequently, the authority based on direct experience has gone unacknowledged. This article compares two cycles from Weimar Germany: Kollwitz’s seven woodcuts, War (Krieg, 1923–24), and Otto Dix’s fifty etchings, The War (Der Krieg, 1922–33), and argues that the previous reception of both artists’ works made… Expand
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