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War Languages Women and war in the art of Käthe Kollwitz. Vesa Matteo Piludu. University of Helsinki Department of Art Research. Millet Gleaners 1857 . Angelus. Shepherdess with Her Flock 1864. Title The Weeders Date 1868 . Song of the Lark, 1884. Woman Sewing by Lamplight 1870.

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War languages women and war in the art of k the kollwitz l.jpg

War LanguagesWomen and war in the art ofKäthe Kollwitz

Vesa Matteo Piludu

University of Helsinki

Department of Art Research

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Millet Gleaners 1857

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Shepherdess with Her Flock1864

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TitleThe WeedersDate 1868

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Song of the Lark, 1884

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Woman Sewing by Lamplight 1870

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Jean Francois Millet - 1850

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Millet Winnower 1847-8

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Courbet, The grain Sifters

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Gustave Courbet, Sleeping spinner 1857

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A woman Asleep 1657

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Daumier, HonorLaveuse au Quai d'Anjou (Laundress on the Quai d'Anjou)c. 1860

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Daumier, HonorThe Burden (The Laundress) c. 1850-53

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Degas, women ironig

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  • Degas’ penetrating observation, captured subtle differences in people’s faces and body language (especially within different economic classes).

  • Degas respected the hard-working immigrants from Eastern Europe, especially working women.

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Woman ironing', Edgar Degas, c.1890

  • The art of Degas was that of a 'Naturalist', depicting what was considered “vulgar”

  • laundresses were commonly thought of as borderline prostitutes - in a way that was almost scientific

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Two washer women by Degas

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Il quarto stato, Pellizza da Valpredo (1901)

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Käthe Kollwitz - Farmers' war

  • Much of the art of modern social protest traces its roots to the work of German artist Käthe Kollwitz.

  • One of a cycle of prints and drawings which the youthful Kollwitz produced on the theme of peasant revolt

  • The cycle hearkened back to the Bauernkrieg (literally, "farmers' war") of the sixteenth century while portraying the dire straits of agricultural laborers in contemporary Germany.

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Käthe Kollwitz Ploughers, etching and aquatint, 1906

  • The Plougher of her Peasant War series symbolises the oppressed of every age. Not the man behind the plough, but reduced to pulling it himself, he is a virtual beast of burden

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Kathe Kollwitz (German, 1867 - 1945)Brot! (Bread!)1933

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Arbeitslosigkeit, 1909, (Unemployment )

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Hunger, 1925

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Käthe KollwitzHunger 1925

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Mother Holding Child in Her Arms, Second Version 1910

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Kathe Kollwitz, Poverty, 1893-94

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Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945), Tod in Wasser / Death in the water

  • this lithograph, produced shortly after Hitler assumed power, shows a drowned family, perhaps a prophetic vision of Germany's future as a country about to be drowning in death

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Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945), Woman with her Dead Child (1903)

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Käthe KollwitzDeath Seizes the Children 1934

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KATHE KOLLWITZ 1867 - 1945Woman in the Lap of Death (Tod mit Frau im Schoss)Woodcut on ivory wove paper, 1921

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Rosa Luxemburg

  • Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg were among the founders of the Berlin Spartakusbund (Spartacus League)

  • On January 15, 1919, Liebknecht and Luxemburg were shot to death during the Spartacus Revolt on the pretext that they were attempting escape.

  • In this instance Kollwitz emphasizes grief and the human element over any explicit political reference

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lmost whetted by Käthe Kollwitz

  • No wonder the resentment of Kollwitz's peasant woman is also sharpened as she whets her scythe-in an etching significantly titled Almost whetted

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Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945)Weberzug [March of the Weavers], fourth plate in Ein Weberaustand [Revolt of the Weavers], 1897

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Käthe Kollwitz Revolt, THE PEASANT WAR 1899-1908

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Käthe Kollwitz, Outbreak, 1903

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Kathe Kollwitz, Killed in Action (1921)

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Kathe Kollwitz, Widows and Orphans (1919)

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The parents

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After the Battle by Kathe Kollwitz.

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The survivors say: War to War!

The text on the right side says: Do not teach the children to glorify the war and war hero's; teach them to despise war

The Survivors, a drawing by the German artist Kathe Kollwitz, was used for a peace congress in The Hague, Holland, in 1922.

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