Lot #21049

Portrait By Kaethe Kollwitz

estimate: $200 - $300

starting price: $200

closing price: $540

technique: Etching
Dimension: 14 x 13 cm
condition: Heavy oxidation, not framed
provenance: Estate of Batya and Zvi Lifshitz, Tel Aviv

Kaethe Kollwitz (1867-1945), German printmaker and sculptor. She was born in Königsberg, Germany [now Kaliningrad, Russia], on 8 July 1867 and died in Moritzburg, near Dresden, on 22 April 1945. She received her first art tuition from Rudolph Mauer (1845195) in Königsberg in 1881. She continued her training in 1885 in Berlin under Karl Stauffer-Bern and in 1888 under Ludwig Herterich (18561932) in Munich. Influenced by the prints of Max Klinger, which had been brought to her attention by Stauffer-Bern, she devoted herself to this form and gave up painting after 189. She first produced etchings and lithographs but later also woodcuts. From 1891 she lived in Berlin where she had her first success: the portfolio of three lithographs and three etchings, A Weavers Revolt (18958; Washington, DC, N.G.A.), inspired by Gerhard Hauptmanns play Die Weber, was shown at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung. Kollwitz joined the Secession in Berlin and was appointed to a special teaching post at the Künstlerinnenschule.(The Grove Dictionary of Art)