Happy Birthday: Käthe Kollowitz
Käthe Kollowitz was born on July 8th. She was a German artist who was an activist for peace and human rights. Her work utilized traditional mediums painting, drawing, printmaking, and some sculpture.
Käthe's early works centered around peasant and working class revolts. She was the first woman honored into the Prussian Academy of Arts. This gave her a nice salary and big studio which she lost after the Nazi Regime forced her to resign and threatened to send her to a concentration camp. Her later works focus on the idea of death.
Käthe's granddaughter helped found a museum dedicated to her life and work; Käthe Kollowitz Museum Köln.