Self-Portrait, Turned to the Left

Self-Portrait, Turned to the Left
Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945)
comp: 10-1/2 x 8 in. (26.7 x 20.3 cm); sheet: 16-1/8 x 13-1/8 in. (41.0 x 33.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
Not on View

Early in her career, Käthe Kollwitz abandoned her brushes and concentrated primarily on graphic work. She published many of her lithographs, etchings and woodcuts in portfolios, dealing with the themes of mothers and their children as well as the desperation surrounding war and death. Given the difficult political situation in Germany, as well as the loss of her son, Kollwitz’s work was always guided by personal experience. Here her disembodied head floats in an expanse of black, and a serious but sorrowful look occupies her face. Of her concern with expressing the difficulty and misery of her experiences, Kollwitz stated, “The joyous side of life simply did not appeal to me.”

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