Kollwitz Copy/self-portrait (3 of 4) -(280413)- A4 sketchbook white/blue biro pen


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DATE: Sunday 28th April 2013 17:17 PM GMT
MEDIUM: A4 sketchbook white/blue biro pen
DESCRIPTION: I went and downloaded a YouTube internet movie which showed the works of war artist, Kathe Kollwitz. I decided to try and copy some of these in order to go learn more.

This is one of her famous self-portraits; quite utterly remarkable the sheer emotional force which she manages to convey so very highly effectively.

NOTE: Again, my hand is just nowhere near good enough to get even close to copying what was ‘the original’; this is a very loosely copied sketch, indeed.


For me, personally speaking, Kathe Kollwitz, is a very important war artist; because,…

Number 1, she reminds us constantly of the sheer futility, and, horrors of war; having lost her own son during the war; so, basically, her work is saying…“do absolutely everything you can to avoid it!”

I myself must confess that I do ‘hate’ war; because, I think, it twists everybody…both the torturers/and, too, the sufferers minds/bodies. To go kill as many people as is possible; then, win a ‘medal’ for doing such damned dirty deeds; it seems to me is really rather sick.

Though, I do understand that this is an over simplification, of course; if your country gets attacked by evil aggressors ; then, it may well be necessary to fight back; which is exactly what happened during the last World War II.

Number 2, she is a very highly ‘humane’ artist; quite deliberately, choosing to go concentrate on human suffering: war, torture, pain, grief, poverty, hunger, illness, loss, death/etc.

To me, this sort of thinking carries really great ‘weight; because, at the end of the day, no matter how happy I am…I’m also aware that life consists of much endless suffering; and, though, it might be easy to get by when times are going good; then, it can be sheer bitter hell getting through when everything seems to be going against you; this is why I always tend to have much sympathy for the underdog.

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