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German born Kathe Kollwitz was brought up in an environment of great political and religious significance Her father a socialist and her grandfather a independent minister who was expelled from the church Kollwitzs father quickly recognised her skill for drawing and offered encouragement towards artistic pursuits Kathe Kollwitz married at 23 to a doctor by the name of Karl KollwitzThe couple lived in a working class district of Berlin for most of their lives It was here where Kolltwitz developed her strong social conscience These strong social beliefs are very fiercely represented in her work Due to her husbands line of work her life was marred by heartache and despair Kollwitz work is also an expression of her horrific life experiences Loosing one son in World War I and a Grandson in World War II this is most definitely the reason for her artworks subject to be so commonly about war and explains her passion when it comes to letting others become aware of the terror of war author not credited wwwkollwitzdekapplkollwitzhtm Living in one of the poorest regions of Berlin also caused Kollwitz to witness the hardship of the life of many of the needy people Her artworks were seen as a threat by Nazi officials and in 1943 her house was bombed by the Nazis Her artworks subjects included the working class rebellion poverty and the atrocities of war Working at a time when most artists used their work to explore formal problems Kollwitz used her art as a means of exploring the human condition Her first works being of a more naturalistic style and her later works expressionalist Her works about war tend to be the more expressionalistic ones She used no colour and her simplification forced a clear image onto the viewer The highly stylistic approach gave the viewer little time to question the meaning an almost an instant recognition of the meaning Kollwitz works projected the emotion of the scene
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