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Käthe Kollwitz

Geburtstag: 8. Juli 1867
Todesdatum: 22. April 1945

Käthe Kollwitz war eine deutsche Grafikerin, Malerin und Bildhauerin und zählt zu den bekanntesten deutschen Künstlerinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Mit ihren oft ernsten, teilweise erschreckend realistischen Lithografien, Radierungen, Kupferstichen, Holzschnitten und Plastiken, die auf persönlichen Lebensumständen und Erfahrungen basieren, entwickelte sie einen eigenständigen, Einflüsse von Expressionismus und Realismus integrierenden Kunststil. Wikipedia

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„Ich bin einverstanden damit, daß meine Kunst Zwecke hat. Ich will wirken in dieser Zeit, in der die Menschen so ratlos und hilfsbedürftig sind.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Tagebücher, 4.12.1922. In: Die Tagebücher, Hrsg. Jutta Bohnke-Kollwitz, Akademie-Verlag, Berlin 1989, S. 542

„Der Künstler ist meist ein Kind seiner Zeit, besonders, wenn seine eigene Entwicklungsperiode in die Zeit des frühen Sozialismus fällt.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

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Kontext: Der Künstler ist meist ein Kind seiner Zeit, besonders, wenn seine eigene Entwicklungsperiode in die Zeit des frühen Sozialismus fällt. Meine Entwicklungszeit fiel in die Zeit des frühen Sozialismus. Dieser ergriff mich gänzlich. Von einer bewußten Arbeit im Dienste des Proletariats war damals für mich keine Rede. Was kümmerten mich aber Schönheitsgesetze, wie zum Beispiel die der Griechen, die nicht meine eigenen waren, von mir empfunden und nachgefühlt? Das Proletariat war für mich eben Schön.

„There must be understanding between the artist and the people.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Diary entry (21 February 1916).
The Diary and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz (1955)
Kontext: There must be understanding between the artist and the people. In the best ages of art that has always been the case. Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius — and I count myself among these — have to restore the lost connection once more.

„It is all right with me that my work serves a purpose. I want to have an effect on my time, in which human beings are so confused and in need of help.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Quoted in Käthe Kollwitz: Graphics, Posters, Drawings (1981) by Renate Hinz
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Kontext: My work is not, of course, pure art in the sense that Schmidt-Rottluff's is, but it is art nonetheless... It is all right with me that my work serves a purpose. I want to have an effect on my time, in which human beings are so confused and in need of help.

„I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Diary entry (28 June 1921).
The Diary and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz (1955)
Kontext: I have been through a revolution, and I am convinced that I am no revolutionist. My childhood dreams of dying on the barricades will hardly be fulfilled, because I should hardly mount a barricade now that I know what they were like in reality. And so I know now what an illusion I lived in for so many years. I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary. Yes, sometimes I do not know whether I am a socialist at all, whether I am not rather a democrat instead. How good it is when reality tests you to the guts and pins you relentlessly to the very position you always thought, so long as you clung to your illusion, was unspeakably wrong.

„I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Diary entry (April 1910).
The Diary and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz (1955)
Kontext: I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first. When both the boys went away for Easter, I hardly did anything but work. Worked, slept, ate and went for short walks. But above all I worked. And yet I wonder whether the "blessing" is not missing from such work. No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.

„The artist is usually a child of his times, especially if his formative years fell in the period of early socialism.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Reply to questionnaire sent to prominent artists, (1942/1943), quoted in Käthe Kollwitz (1971) by Otto Nagel, translated by Stella Humphries.
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Kontext: The artist is usually a child of his times, especially if his formative years fell in the period of early socialism. My formative years coincided with that period, and I was totally caught up in the socialist movement. At that time, the idea of a conscious commitment to serve the proletariat was the farthest thing from my mind. But what use to me were principles of beauty like those of the Greeks, for example, principles that I could not feel as my own and identify with? The simple fact of the matter was that I found the proletariat beautiful.

„I have been through a revolution, and I am convinced that I am no revolutionist.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Diary entry (28 June 1921).
The Diary and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz (1955)
Kontext: I have been through a revolution, and I am convinced that I am no revolutionist. My childhood dreams of dying on the barricades will hardly be fulfilled, because I should hardly mount a barricade now that I know what they were like in reality. And so I know now what an illusion I lived in for so many years. I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary. Yes, sometimes I do not know whether I am a socialist at all, whether I am not rather a democrat instead. How good it is when reality tests you to the guts and pins you relentlessly to the very position you always thought, so long as you clung to your illusion, was unspeakably wrong.

„Pacifism simply is not a matter of calm looking on; it is hard work.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Diary entry (21 February 1944).
The Diary and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz (1955)

„For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Diary entry (12 January 1912).
The Diary and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz (1955)

„I have received a commission to make a poster against war. That is a task that makes me happy. Some may say a thousand times that this is not pure art…. but as long as I can work, I want to be effective with my art.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Letters of Friendship and Acquaintance [Briefe der Freundschaft und Begegnungen] (1966), edited by Hans Kollwitz, p. 95; cited in Käthe Kollwitz: Woman and Artist (1976) by Martha Kearns, p. 172.
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„For work, one must be hard and thrust outside of oneself what one has lived through.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz

Journal August 22 1916 Voices of German Expressionism ISBN 9781854374813
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