Yury Winterberg, Sonya Winterberg: Kollwitz. C. Bertelsmann Verlag (Hardcover, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, Germany)


The biography

Original Title: Kollwitz

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 432 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-10202-2
€ 24.99 [D] | € 25.70 [A] | CHF 34.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: C. Bertelsmann

Date of publication: March 30, 2015
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Yury  Winterberg, Sonya  Winterberg - Kollwitz


The biography of a prominent artist

Käthe Kollwitz was born in what was then Königsberg, now Kaliningrad, in 1867. She went to the art academies in Königsberg and Berlin and married the dedicated doctor and humanist Karl Kollwitz when she was 24. She was still very young when she became famous as an advocate for the poor and disenfranchised, although she hated being called a "social artist" and "painter of want and misery".

Kollwitz has always been an icon for communists, pacifists and feminists, even up to the present day. She never wanted to be seen as belonging to any particular group – and yet she was co-opted over and over again. She was the first woman to be elected a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts, and the first woman to be awarded the Pour le Mérite order. She knew famous contemporaries and was an inspiration for numerous artists of her times, had exhibitions abroad, including in the USA, and received honours galore.

Sonya and Yury Winterberg have written a narrative biography of this tension-filled life, embedding it in a panorama of the artist´s times that included the Golden Age of the late 19th century and the horrors of the two World Wars.

"Yury und Sonya Winterberg have written the first comprehensive biography of Käthe Kollwitz. A well-designed volume rich in material."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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