Kathe Kollwitz

Beggar Woman and Child

Charcoal on white laid paper  
24.5 x 18 in


Kollwitz (1867-1945) was born in Königsberg in the Province of Prussia (now known as Kalingrad, Russia). When she was twelve she began art studies and continued them later at an art school in Berlin.

In 1891 she married Karl Kollwitz who was a doctor whose practice tended to the poor in Berlin. She became acquainted with many of her husband’s patients and began to empathize with their plight. For the rest of her life the subject of her art was the peasants, laborers and workers that were marginalized by society.


Private collection, Philadelphia


Check out our biography of Käthe Kollwitz to read a quote from the artist.

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