Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Kaethe Kollwitz Death Grabbing At Group of Children (1934)
Death is one of the most persistent themes in Kaethe Kollwitz artwork. Ten years before completing the portfolio, Kollwitz had noted in her diary, "I must do the prints on Death. Must, must, must!" She chose lithography, her preferred technique for creating emotionally powerful images. Lithography is the method of print originally based on oil and water.Printing is from a stone (limestone) or a metal plate with a smooth surface. It was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. Lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.