Krieg!: Käthe Kollwitz and Images of War
Open Through February 15
By Vige Barrie
Contact: Vige Barrie (315) 859-4623
November 17, 2003
Hamilton College's Emerson Gallery presents the art of Käthe Kollwitz, a German woman and mother who offered the world a unique perspective on war. While her male contemporaries, two of whom are included in this exhibition, were illustrating the horrors of the World War I battlefields, Kollwitz illuminated the agony of the home front and the anxiety of a soldier's mother. Open through February 15, the exhibition includes more than 30 Kollwitz lithographs and woodcuts along side the works of two male artists, Felix Vallotton and George Bellows.
The exhibition provides a clear differentiation in focus between Kollwitz and the two men. Vallotton, a Swiss citizen who fought in the war, presents battle scenes that are less emotional and almost satirical in nature. Bellows, who never participated in the war but produced his images in California, was inspired by the nation's spirit of patriotism and by the work of Goya.
Kollwitz's seven images in the series called Krieg! (War!), haunting images of the effects of war on those left behind, are included in this exhibition. Together with other examples of Kollwitz's work throughout her career, they offer visitors a rare opportunity to see the work of one of the premier female artists of the 20th century and to view the anguish of war from a unique perspective.