|Käthe Kollwitz "Self Portrait Drawing" 1933 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.|
"... But what I would like to emphasize once more is that compassion and commiseration were at first of very little importance in attracting me to the representation of proletarian life; what mattered was simply that I found it beautiful." -Käthe Kollwitz
|Käthe Kollwitz "Self-Portrait, Drawn in Half-Profile to the Right, 1891-1892"|
Kollwitz outlived her husband, one of her two sons, and her only grandson. During her final years, she focused on producing bronze and stone sculpture embodying similar aesthetic values as her two-dimensional work. Much of this later art was destroyed in a Berlin air raid in 1943.