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Journal 2_3

Journal 2_3 - a woman artist in her time portraying subject...

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Entries may include reflection on Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, or any thoughts you may have  on the challenges that women artists (in particular) face or have had to face in the past. When I first read this prompt, Kathe Kollwitz popped into my head. I believe Kollwitz to be a wonderful artist who took on the challenge of making a name for herself despite the assured difficulty she would face by choosing to address the struggles of the working class while many of her contemporaries were investigating form and abstraction instead. She was a master printmaker, producing etchings, woodcuts and lithographs as well as drawings in traditional media such as charcoal and graphite. She went though many struggles as
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Unformatted text preview: a woman artist in her time, portraying subject matter that was not usually depicted. She was quoted as saying, “It is my duty to voice the sufferings of men, the never-ending sufferings heaped mountain-high” (Getlein 201). “As a sot, Kollwitz identified passionately with the sufferings of working people; as a mother she identified with the struggle of women to keep their children safe” (Getlein 201). Despite many personal hardships such as loosing a son and later a grandson to a war that she in no way supported, Kollwitz was able to produce art that is, even today, powerful and uplifting....
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