Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was a German artist and contributor to the Social Realism movement. Her Expressionist prints and sculptures are characterized by their portrayal of human suffering and war imagery.Born in Königsberg (now Kaliningrad), Prussia, she studied at the Women’s Academy in Berlin and Munich. Her work often features dark and oppressive colors and is connected to her own experience of pain and loss. She worked with a variety of mediums, but is best known for her drawings, woodcuts, etchings, and lithography.
Her work is on permanent display at several museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, the Kathe Kollwitz Museum in Berlin, and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York.