From Wednesday 6 September to Sunday 10 December 2017 the National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2, hosted an exhibition of 40 prints and drawings by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). It was an unprecedented opportunity for an Irish audience to discover this important artist who created almost 300 prints, around 20 sculptures and some 1450 drawings during her long career. The works in the exhibition, specially selected by the Gallery from the superb collection at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, allowed visitors to reflect on the effects of war, in particular the grief left in its wake. Kollwitz’s five print cycles: Revolt of the Weavers (1893-98), Peasant War (1902-08), War (1921-22), Proletariat (1924-25), and Death (1934-37) place her among the foremost printmakers of the twentieth century. The exhibition was on display in the print gallery and was accompanied by a free illustrated brochure, and a programme of talks and music.
From the International Encyclopaedia of the First World War: Käthe Kollwitz.