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- Object: Selbstbildnis nach links (Self-portrait facing left)
Self-portrait with three-quarter view of head only, eyes turned to right; 1st state. 1901
Brush and pen lithograph printed in two colours: black drawing stone and brown tint stone, with scraper and scraping needle, printed on grey-blue laid paper.
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Height: 269 millimetres
Width: 204 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM 1984, no.26
This is the earliest of Kollwitz's self-portraits included in Carey & Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany' 1984, but it had been preceded by no less than seven other prints; as well as numerous superlative drawings. Throughout her life she kept returning to this subject, which even in her later life inspired work of the highest quality. In portraying her development from eager youth to a bowed but undefeated ancient, she produced as impressive a sequence of self-portraits as any artist after Rembrandt. See Otto Nagel, 'Die Selbstbildnisse der Käthe Kollwitz', Berlin, 1965.
Further lit.: F. Carey and M. Egremont, 'Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz' (Birmingham, Ikon, 2017), cat. 1.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984/5 Sep-Jan., BM, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', cat.26
1999 Sep-Nov, Aylesbury, Bucks County Mus, Great Printmakers/20thC
2017 13 Sep-26 Nov, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2017-2018 15 Dec-11 Mar, Young Gallery, Salisbury, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2018 24 Mar-17 Jun, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2018 30 Jun-30 Sep, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
2019-20, 2 September-12 January, London, BM, G90, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz
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