Kathe Kollwitz was a Germanartist who was born in Konigsberg, Germany on the 8th of July 1867.
She was a socialist and her work is said to be influenced immensely by hisgrandfather and his lessons in religion and socialism. The people in minorgroups and those who were suffering really interested her and she began to payclose attention to them. She hadstarted developing her art skills at the age of twelve and by the time she was sixteenyears old she began to draw those who were sailors and the working classpeople. Her family especially her father and grandfather were really supportiveof her as they were the ones who implanted this idea of recognising the lessfortunate and helping them. Due to the restrictions on woman rights, she wasn’taccepted to any colleges so she enrolled to an art school in Berlin.
This madeher experience discrimination first hand and therefore she was able to feelmore attached and a part of these people who were mistreated and weresuffering. This therefore meant that in her art work this sense of isolationand strong emotions of sadness were evident. She had unfortunately also losther siblings at a very young age which caused her to suffer a variety of mentaldisorders such as anxiety and depression it was also said that she may havebeen suffering from Alice in wonderland syndrome. From this information it isevident that she had a very rough and dark upbringing and she was surrounded byunfortunate events that was so traumatic which meant that even later on in herlife her work expressed these events in the form of art through the colours andthe different techniques she used to create her art work. In her art work, KatheKollwitz almost never used colour. The main reason for this is that I believeher past experiences of life and the kind of things she was exposed to from avery young age such as the deaths of her siblings and even the death of her sonin the wars later on in her life may have influenced and lead to her embeddingthese features in her work.
The lack of colour often gave her art work a dulland dark mood which could be reflecting her depression and maybe fear to loseanother person or experience another tragic event as the dark is a seen to be atime of the day where people might feel very vulnerable and therefore scared. Kathe Kollwitz was veryintrigued with the lives of the less fortunate and the ones who were sufferingor dead from such a young age that we may question whether this was reallyhealthy for someone as young as twelve years old. It is also arguable that thismay have lead onto her having many mental disorders later on in her life.However, the fact that Kathe Kollwitz had turned all the negative events andexperiences of her life into something positive shows that she was quite astrong person and that she tried her hardest to look past and through all theunfortunate things she encountered.