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Kathe Kollwitz
Self-Portrait, turned slightly to the left
c. 1893
Ink on paper

6 9/16 x 11 7/16 inches
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2006 © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Throughout her career as a draftsman and printmaker, Kollwitz depicted herself in a series of arresting self-portraits. In this early work, the artist economically rendered her own stark features with horizontal strokes of pen and ink. Kollwitz indicated areas of shadow and light by loading her pen with darker and lighter solutions of black ink. Visible in the upper right corner of the sheet are the small pen marks she made to test out the ink before she applied it to the face. Her dramatic use of shadow and ambiguous expression recall Rembrandt’s etched self-portraits of the seventeenth-century, while prefiguring the bold, melancholy, twenty-first-century prints for which Kollwitz is best known.


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Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945)
b. July 8, 1867
d. 1945

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