Conversations about Art: Käthe Kollwitz
December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jasper Humphreys revisits our successful Käthe Kollwitz exhibition from earlier in the year.
Käthe Kollwitz (1867 – 1945), is a towering figure in German art history, working across painting, printmaking (including etching, lithography and woodcuts) and sculpture. Her most famous art cycles, including The Weavers and The Peasant War, depict the effects of poverty, hunger, and war on the working-class; despite the realism of her early works, Kollwitz’s art is now more closely associated with Expressionism. An enlarged version of a similar Kollwitz sculpture, Mother with her Dead Son, is located in the middle of the Neue Wache in Berlin which serves as a monument to “the Victims of War and Tyranny”. More than forty German schools are named after Kollwitz while four museums, in Berlin, Cologne and Moritzburg, and the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Koekelare are dedicated solely to her work. The talk on December 12 will discuss how the historical and cultural influences of Kollwitz’s childhood informed her work; the lecture will be delivered by Jasper Humphreys, of the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London.
Part of a monthly series of talks – ‘Conversations about Art’ – to be held at the Young Gallery.