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Käthe Kollwitz 凱綏·柯勒惠支

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Käthe Kollwitz

Käthe Kollwitz self-portrait
Birth name Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz
Born July 8, 1867(1867-07-08)
Königsberg, Prussia, now Kaliningrad, Russia
Died April 22, 1945(1945-04-22) (aged 77)
Nationality German
Movement Expressionism
Influenced by Max Klinger, Frans Masereel
Influenced Nicolae Tonitza

Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz (July 8, 1867 – April 22, 1945) was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition in the first half of the 20th century. Her empathy for the less fortunate, expressed most famously through the graphic means of drawing, etching, lithography, and woodcut, embraced the victims of poverty, hunger, and war.[1][2] Initially her work was grounded in Naturalism, and later took on Expressionistic qualities.[3]



[edit] Life and work

[edit] Youth

Kollwitz was born in Königsberg, Province of Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), the fifth child in her family. Her father, Karl Schmidt, was a radical Social democrat who became a mason and house builder. Her mother, Katherina Schmidt, was the daughter of Julius Rupp, a Lutheran pastor who was expelled from the official State Church and founded an independent congregation. Her education was greatly influenced by her grandfather's lessons in religion and socialism.

Recognizing her talent, Kollwitz' father arranged for her to begin lessons in drawing and copying plaster casts when she was twelve.[4] At sixteen she began making drawings of working people, the sailors and peasants she saw in her father's offices. Wishing to continue her studies at a time when no colleges or academies were open to young women, Kollwitz enrolled in an art school for women in Berlin. There she studied with Karl Stauffer-Bern, a friend of the artist Max Klinger. The etchings of Klinger, their technique and social concerns, were an inspiration to Kollwitz.[5]

At the age of seventeen, Kollwitz became engaged to Karl Kollwitz, a medical student.[6] In 1888, she went to Munich to study at the Women's Art School, where she realized her strength was not as a painter, but a draftsman. In 1890, she returned to Königsberg, rented her first studio, and continued to draw laborers.[7]

In 1891, Kollwitz married Karl, by this time a doctor, who tended to the poor in Berlin, where the couple moved into the large apartment that would be Kollwitz' home until it was destroyed in World War II.[7] The proximity of her husband's practice proved invaluable:

"The motifs I was able to select from this milieu (the workers' lives) offered me, in a simple and forthright way, what I discovered to be beautiful.... People from the bourgeois sphere were altogether without appeal or interest. All middle-class life seemed pedantic to me. On the other hand, I felt the proletariat had guts. It was not until much later...when I got to know the women who would come to my husband for help, and incidentally also to me, that I was powerfully moved by the fate of the proletariat and everything connected with its way of life.... But what I would like to emphasize once more is that compassion and commiseration were at first of very little importance in attracting me to the representation of proletarian life; what mattered was simply that I found it beautiful."[8]

[edit] Personal health

It is believed Kollwitz suffered from anxiety during her childhood due to the death of her siblings, including the early death of her younger brother, Benjamin.[9] More recent research suggests that Kollwitz may have suffered from a childhood neurological disorder called Alice in Wonderland syndrome, commonly associated with migraines and sensory hallucinations.[10] However, speculation that this may have directly influenced her work later in life, and in particular inspired the representation of subjects with large heads and hands, rather ignores well-attested formative influences (Max Klinger, Auguste Rodin, etc.) as well as the prevalence of just such distortion for deliberate expressive effect among artistic friends and contemporaries (e.g. George Grosz, Otto Dix).[citation needed]

[edit] The Weavers

Between the births of her son, Hans in 1892 and Peter in 1896, Kollwitz saw a performance of Gerhart Hauptmann's The Weavers, which dramatized the oppression of the Silesian weavers in Langembielau and their failed revolt in 1842.[7] Inspired, the artist ceased work on a series of etchings she had intended to illustrate Emile Zola's Germinal, and produced a cycle of six works on the weavers theme, three lithographs (Poverty, Death, and Conspiracy) and three etchings with aquatint and sandpaper (March of the Weavers, Riot, and The End). Not a literal illustration of the drama, the works were a free and naturalistic expression of the workers' misery, hope, courage, and, eventually, doom. The cycle was exhibited publicly in 1898 to wide acclaim. But when Adolf Menzel nominated her work for the gold medal of the Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung in Berlin, Kaiser Wilhelm II withheld his approval. Nevertheless, The Weavers became Kollwitz' most widely acclaimed work.[11]

[edit] Peasant War

Kollwitz' second major cycle of works was the Peasant War, which, subject to many preliminary drawings and discarded ideas in lithography, occupied her from 1902 to 1908. The German Peasants' War was a violent revolution which took place in Southern Germany in the early years of the Reformation, beginning in 1525; peasants who had been treated as slaves took arms against feudal lords and the church. As was The Weavers, this subject, too, might have been suggested by a Hauptmann drama, Florian Geyer. However, the initial source of Kollwitz' interest dated to her youth, when she and her brother Konrad playfully imagined themselves as barricade fighters in a revolution.[12] The artist identified with the character of Black Anna, a woman cited as a protagonist in the uprising.[12] When completed, the Peasant War consisted of pieces in etching, aquatint, and soft ground: Plowing, Raped, Sharpening the Scythe, Arming in the Vault, Outbreak, After the Battle (which, eerily premonitory, features a mother searching through corpses in the night, looking for her son), and The Prisoners. In all, the works were technically more impressive than those of The Weavers, owing to their greater size and dramatic command of light and shadow. They are Kollwitz' highest achievements as an etcher.[12]

While working on Peasant War, Kollwitz twice visited Paris, and enrolled in classes at the Académie Julian in order to learn how to sculpt.[13] The etching Outbreak was awarded the Villa Romana prize, which provided for a year's stay, in 1907, in a studio in Florence. Although Kollwitz did no work, she later recalled the impact of early Renaissance art.[14]

The Grieving Parents, a memorial to Kollwitz' son Peter, now in Vladslo German war cemetery.

[edit] Modernism and World War I

After her return, Kollwitz continued to exhibit her work, but was impressed by the work of younger compatriots—the Expressionists and Bauhaus—and resolved to simplify her means of expression.[15] Subsequent works such as Runover, 1910, and Self-Portrait, 1912, show this new direction. She also continued to work on sculpture.

Kollwitz lost her youngest son Peter on the battlefield in World War I in October 1914, prompting a prolonged depression. By the end of the year she had made drawings for a monument to Peter and his fallen comrades; she destroyed the monument in 1919 and began again in 1925.[16] The memorial, titled The Grieving Parents, was finally completed and placed in the Belgian cemetery of Roggevelde in 1932.[17] Later, when Peter's grave was moved to the nearby Vladslo German war cemetery, the statues were also moved.

In 1917, on her fiftieth birthday, the galleries of Paul Cassirer provided a retrospective exhibition of one hundred and fifty drawings by Kollwitz.[18]

Kollwitz was a committed socialist and pacifist, who was eventually attracted to communism; her political and social sympathies found expression in the "memorial sheet for Karl Liebknecht" and in her involvement with the Arbeitsrat für Kunst, a part of the Social Democratic Party government in the first few weeks after the war. As the war wound down and a nationalistic appeal was made for old men and children to join the fighting, Kollwitz implored in a published statement:

"There has been enough of dying! Let not another man fall!"[19]

While working on the sheet for Karl Liebknecht, she found etching insufficient for expressing monumental ideas. After viewing woodcuts by Ernst Barlach at the Secession exhibitions, she completed the Liebknecht sheet in the new medium and made about thirty woodcuts by 1926.[20]

In 1920 Kollwitz was elected a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts, the first woman to be so honored. Membership entailed a regular income, a large studio, and a full professorship.[20]

In the years that followed, her reaction to the war found a continuous outlet. In 1922–23 she produced the cycle War in woodcut form, including the works The Sacrifice, The Volunteers, The Parents, The Widow I, The Widow II, The Mothers, and The People. In 1924 she finished her three most famous posters: Germany's Children Starving, Bread, and Never Again War.[21]

[edit] Later life and World War II

The interior of the Neue Wache, showing the Käthe Kollwitz sculpture Mother with her Dead Son a World War II war memorial.
German stamp issued in 1991 in the Women in German history series

In 1933, after the establishment of the National-Socialist regime, the Nazi Party authorities forced her to resign her place on the faculty of the Akademie der Künste following her support of the Dringender Appell.[22] Her work was removed from museums. Although she was banned from exhibiting, one of her "mother and child" pieces was used by the Nazis for propaganda.[23]

Working now in a smaller studio, in the mid-1930s she completed her last major cycle of lithographs, Death, which consisted of eight stones: Woman Welcoming Death, Death with Girl in Lap, Death Reaches for a Group of Children, Death Struggles with a Woman, Death on the Highway, Death as a Friend, Death in the Water, and The Call of Death.

In July 1936, she and her husband were visited by the Gestapo, who threatened her with arrest and deportation to a Nazi concentration camp; they resolved to commit suicide if such a prospect became inevitable.[24] However, Kollwitz was by now a figure of international note, and no further action was taken. On her seventieth birthday, she "received over one hundred and fifty telegrams from leading personalities of the art world", as well as offers to house her in the United States, which she declined for fear of provoking reprisals against her family.[25]

She survived her husband (who died from an illness in 1940) and her grandson Peter, who died in action in World War II two years later.

She evacuated Berlin in 1943. Later that year, her house was bombed and many drawings, prints, and documents were lost. She moved first to Nordhausen, then to Moritzburg, a town near Dresden, where she lived her final months as a guest of Prince Ernst Heinrich of Saxony.[25] Kollwitz died just before the end of the war.

Kollwitz made a total of 275 prints, in etching, woodcut and lithography. Virtually the only portraits she made during her life were images of herself, of which there are at least fifty. These self-portraits constitute a life-long honest self-appraisal; "they are psychological milestones".[26]

[edit] Legacy

Woman with Dead Child, 1903 etching

Her silent lines penetrate the marrow like a cry of pain; such a cry was never heard among the Greeks and Romans.[27]

Käthe Kollwitz is a subject within William T. Vollmann's Europe Central, a 2005 National Book Award winner for fiction. In the book, Vollmann describes the lives of those touched by the fighting and events surrounding World War II in Germany and the Soviet Union. Her chapter is entitled "Woman with Dead Child", after her sculpture of the same name.

An enlarged version of a similar Kollwitz sculpture, Mother with her Dead Son, was placed in 1993 at the center of Neue Wache in Berlin, which serves as a monument to "the Victims of War and Tyranny".

Artist Birgit Stauch depicted Kollwitz in a bronze bust displayed in the Käthe-Kollwitz-Schule in Esslingen, one of more than 40 German schools named after her.[28][29][30][31][32][33]

Two museums, one in Berlin[34]and Cologne,[35] are dedicated solely to her work.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Bittner, Herbert, Kaethe Kollwitz; Drawings, page 1. Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  2. ^ Fritsch, Martin (ed.), Homage to Käthe Kollwitz. Leipzig: E. A. Seeman, 2005.
  3. ^ "The aim of realism to capture the particular and accidental with minute exactness was abandoned for a more abstract and universal conception and a more summary execution". Zigrosser, Carl: Prints and Drawings of Käthe Kollwitz, page XIII. Dover, 1969.
  4. ^ Bittner, page 2.
  5. ^ Kurth, Willy: Kaethe Kollwitz, Geleitwort zum Katalog der Ausstellung in der Deutschen Akademie der Kuenste, 1951.
  6. ^ Bittner, page 3.
  7. ^ a b c Bittner, page 4.
  8. ^ Fecht, Tom: Käthe Kollwitz: Works in Color, page 6. Random House, Inc., 1988.
  9. ^ Bittner, pages 1-2.
  10. ^ Drysdale, Graeme R. (May 2009). "Kaethe Kollwitz (1867–1945): the artist who may have suffered from Alice in Wonderland Syndrome". Journal of Medical Biography 17 (2): 106–10. doi:10.1258/jmb.2008.008042. PMID 19401515. http://jmb.rsmjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/rsmjmb;17/2/106?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=1&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=50&resourcetype=HWCIT.
  11. ^ Bittner, pages 4-5.
  12. ^ a b c Bittner, page 6.
  13. ^ Bittner, pages 6-7. During this time she also visited Rodin twice.
  14. ^ "But there, for the first time, I began to understand Florentine art." Kollwitz, Kaethe: The Diaries and Letters of Kaethe Kollwitz, page 45. Henry Regnery Company, 1955.
  15. ^ "Nevertheless I am no longer satisfied. There are too many good things that seem fresher than mine... I should like to do the new etchings so that all the essentials are strongly stressed and the inessentials almost omitted." Kollwitz, page 52.
  16. ^ Bittner, page 9.
  17. ^ "I stood before the woman, looked at her—my own face—and wept and stroked her cheeks." Kollwitz, page 122.
  18. ^ "The elements of her nature and her art can often be felt more immediately in the drawings than in the prints, even much that in the latter has scarcely found a fulfillment." Kurth, Willy: Kunstchronik, N.F., Vol. XXXVII, 1917.
  19. ^ Kollwitz, page 89.
  20. ^ a b Bittner, page 10.
  21. ^ Bittner, page 11.
  22. ^ Dorothea Körner, "Man schweigt in sich hinein – Käthe Kollwitz und die Preußische Akademie der Künste 1933-1945" Berlinische Monatsschrift (2000) Issue 9, pp. 157–166. Retrieved July 8, 2010 (German)
  23. ^ Jane Kelly, "The Point is to Change it" jstor.org/stable/1360622 (fee required) Retrieved July 9, 2010
  24. ^ Bittner, page 13.
  25. ^ a b Bittner, page 15.
  26. ^ Zigrosser, page XXII, 1969.
  27. ^ Gerhart Hauptmann, quoted by Zigrosser, page XIII, 1969.
  28. ^ Short explanation of the school's name, with links to three articles about Kollwitz Käthe-Kollwitz-Schule Esslingen, official website. Retrieved July 9, 2010 (German)
  29. ^ List of hits for Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium Google website. Retrieved July 10, 2010
  30. ^ List of hits for Käthe-Kollwitz-Schule Google website. There is some overlap because some schools use both "Schule" and another term to refer to themselves. Retrieved July 10, 2010
  31. ^ List of hits for Käthe-Kollwitz-Realschule Google website. Retrieved July 10, 2010
  32. ^ List of hits for Käthe-Kollwitz-Hauptschule Google website. Retrieved July 10, 2010
  33. ^ List of hits for Käthe-Kollwitz-Gesamtschule Google website. Retrieved July 10, 2010
  34. ^ Käthe Kollwitz Museum Berlin Official website. Retrieved January 30, 2011
  35. ^ Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln Official website. Retrieved January 30, 2011 (German)

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凱綏·柯勒惠支Käthe Kollwitz 1867年 7月8日 - 1945年 4月22日)是德國表現主義版畫家和雕塑家,20世紀德國最重要的畫家之一。

柯勒惠支出生於俄羅斯克尼哥斯堡(現在的加里寧格勒)的一個德裔家庭,原名凱綏·施密特。14歲時即開始學習繪畫1884年進入柏林女子藝術學院學習,後來又到慕尼黑學習。1889年和在貧民區服務的醫生卡爾·柯勒惠支結婚,1898年開始在柏林女子藝術學院任教。其間幾次遊歷巴黎義大利1909年回 國後為一個漫畫雜誌Simplicissimus.工作。這時她已經成為一個社會主義者。她的早期作品《織工反抗》、《起義》和《死神與婦女》、《李卜克 內西》 、《戰爭》(組畫)等,不僅以尖銳的形式把在資本主義制度下工人階級的悲慘命運和勇於鬥爭的精神傳達出來,而且喚醒人們反對侵略戰爭,要根除戰爭根源,實 現世界大同的理想。




*凱綏·柯勒惠支版畫選集 序目1936/2/17 (原名Kaethe Schmidt 夫姓Kollwitz )


[編輯] 生平大事記

  • 1867年(與諾爾德同年)生於東普魯士的柯尼斯堡。
  • 1884年在柏林美術學院學習,後又在慕尼黑繼續深造。
  • 1885-1886年在柏林從師施陶費爾-貝爾恩,學習馬克斯·克林格爾的蝕刻組畫。
  • 1890年創作了第一批銅版畫。1891年與「施診醫生」卡爾·珂勒惠支結婚。
  • 後經畫家門采爾推薦,當選普魯士美術學院成員,主持版畫部工作。
  • 1919年從師巴拉赫,改學木版畫。
  • 最初的作品是《紀念李卜克內西》,此後在1922-23年創作了組畫《戰爭》。
  • 1927年應邀訪問蘇聯,蘇聯的社會主義建設大大鼓舞了她 ,回國後創作的石版畫《遊行示威》、《團結就是力量》、《母與子》等,表明了她對無產階級解放事業的新認識,藝術水平也達到一個新的境地。
  • 1931年她的作品被魯迅介紹到中國來,1936年又出版她的作品集,對中國新木刻運動的發展起了推動作用。
  • 作為一個勇敢的反納粹女戰士,1933年她憤然離開了普魯士美術學院。
  • 1933年希特勒上台,她雖然受到迫害,仍堅持作畫,代表作《死亡》和《哀悼基督》以粗獷的線條,強烈的黑白對比,描繪了生與死的激烈搏鬥,宣洩了她憤懣的情緒。
  • 1942年「全面開戰「時,她發表了最後一幅木版畫作品《不要把收穫的糧食磨成粉》。
  • 1945年戰爭即將結束時死於德勒斯登附近莫里茨山
  • 1979年北京舉辦《珂勒惠支作品展》,展出了她一生中最主要的作品113件。

[編輯] 柯勒惠支的主要作品

  • 窮困(1893年)
  • 末日(1897年)
  • 下工的工人(1897年)
  • 自畫像(1897年)
  • 起來(1899年)
  • 自畫像(1900年)
  • 哀悼去世孩子的婦女1903年)
  • 覺醒(1903年)
  • 戰場(1907年)
  • 囚徒(1908年)
  • 志願者(1920年)
  • 母親們(1921年)
  • 不要再發生戰爭(1924年)
  • 自畫像(1924年)
  • 死神的召喚(1934年)
  • 自畫像(1938年)

[編輯] 外部連結