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Käthe Kollwitz

  • I can always paint very well with my eyes, but with my hands it doesn't always work out.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1942, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • ... every war already carries within it the war which will answer it. Every war is answered by a new war, until everything, everything is smashed.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • letter (1944), in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • Pacifism simply is not a matter of calm looking on; it is work, hard work.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • letter (1944), in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • To this day I do not know whether the power which has inspired my works is something related to religion, or is indeed religion itself.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • letter, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • As in everything else, I find that age is not good for much, that one becomes deafer and less sensitive. Also, the higher up the mountain you climb, the less of a view you get. A mist closes in and cheats you of the hoped-for and expected opportunity to see far and wide ...

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • letter, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • The development of the national spirit in its present form leads into blind alleys. Some condition must be found which preserves the life of the nation, but rules out the fatal rivalry among nations.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • letter (1917), in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • It seems to me nowadays that the most important task for someone who is aging is to spread love and warmth wherever possible.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • letter (1916), in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • If all the people who have been hurt by the war were to exclude joy from their lives, it would almost be as if they had died.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1918, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius — and I count myself among these — have to restore the lost connection once more. A pure studio art is unfruitful and frail, for anything that does not form living roots — why should it exist at all?

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1916, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • Growing old is partly an inescapable process of accommodation and adjustment.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1910, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • Recently I began reading my old diaries. Back to before the war. Gradually I became very depressed. The reason for that is probably that I wrote only when there were obstacles and halts to the flow of life, seldom when everything was smooth and even. ... As I read I distinctly felt what a half-truth a diary presents.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1925, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • I do not want to die ... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1915, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first ... No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • letter (1910), in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1912, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1921, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • I am afraid of dying — but being dead, oh yes, that to me is often an appealing prospect.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1941, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • Everywhere beneath the surface are tears and bleeding wounds. And yet the war goes on and cannot stop. It follows other laws.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • Men without joy seem like corpses.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()

Käthe Kollwitz, German sculptor, graphic artist, printmaker

(1867 - 1945)

Full name: Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz.