Grieving Parents by Käthe Kollwitz (Katie KAWL vits)
The models for these sculptures are Kollwitz and her husband.
The sculptures reside in the graveyard where their son, Peter,
a German soldier who died in 1914, is buried.
“The task is to bear it not only during these few weeks, but for a long time –
in dreary November as well, and also when spring comes again,
in March, the month of young men who wanted to live and are dead.”
Mutter mit Zwillingen
Much of her art is a response to war and death.
There are grotesque representations of death,
hollow-eyed mothers, grieving mothers.
Kollwitz featured the working class as her subjects.
In this drawing you see the weariness of mom
contrasted with the repose of baby.
Working Woman with Sleeping Child, 1927
Seed Corn Must Not Be Ground, 1942
Käthe Kollwitz’ final lithograph,
after her grandson Peter (named after his uncle) died in WWII