Portrait of a Working Woman with Blue Shawl, 1903

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Käthe Kollwitz grew up in a family devoted to radical social reform. While still in school, she realized that her gift was as a draftsman rather than as a painter. She used printmaking as a vehicle for promoting awareness of the plight of Germany’s impoverished working class, particularly women. Whether confrontational or muted, as in Working Woman with Blue Shawl, the emotional intensity of her imagery has earned her recognition as one of the most important printmakers of her era.

Details
Title
Portrait of a Working Woman with Blue Shawl
Artist Life
1867–1945
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.359
Provenance
William M. Ladd, Portland, Ore., sold to Jones; Herschel V. Jones, Minneapolis, until 1916; given to MIA.
Catalogue Raisonne
Klipstein 68 i/iii (trial proof); Knesebeck 75 i/iii
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