Kollwitz, Käthe. Praying Girl

Käthe Kollwitz, Praying Girl
Käthe Kollwitz, Praying Girl, 1892

Artist: Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945)

Title: Praying Girl


Date: 1892

Dimensions: 12 11/16″ x 9 11/16″

Location in Library: Fourth floor

Media: Etching;works on paper

Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


Although Kollwitz is best known for her anguished portrayals of mothers with children, the tragedy of war, and death, this work represents a lesser-known aspect of the artist’s life and inspiration.  In her writing, Kollwitz acknowledges that her socialist “politicization” was derived from her faith; and this poignant image, of a girl engrossed in fervent prayer, also demonstrates the way Kollwitz used hands and faces to express intense emotion.

Related Websites
Käthe Kollwitz at National Museum of Women in the Arts
– Käthe Kollwitz at MoMA

Käthe Kollwitz exhibition at MoMA

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