R977 Fall 2018 The Art and Life of Kaethe Kollwitz
Wednesday, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 10
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Marion Deshmukh
Kaethe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was one of Germany's premier graphic artists whose images of peasants, workers, soldiers, mothers and children caused controversies throughout her life. She was the first woman appointed to the Prussian Academy of Art. Her reputation both in Germany and in the United States was secured after her anti-WWI posters were re-purposed during the Vietnam war. Her sculptures have gained wide recognition. Perhaps the most famous example is “Mother and her Dead Son” which is displayed in Berlin’s Guard house museum, which was dedicated to victims of war and tyranny after German unification in 1990. This illustrated presentation will illuminate her life, work, and reception during the past century.
), is the Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History, emerita in the department of History and Art History at George Mason University, where she taught courses on European, German and Austrian history and art history. She twice served as department chair and currently chairs the board of the Friends of the Goethe-Institute, Washington, DC. She is vice president of the board of the Friends of the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, and serves on the board of trustees of the Freer-Sackler Art Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.