Gift of Mrs. Charles Hoeing in Memory of Dr. Ewald Eisenhardt
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Barbara Stewart, Advancement Assistant Speaking on Käthe Kollwitz’s Maria und Elisabeth
I am Barbara Stewart and work in the Advancement Office of the Memorial Art Gallery.
Maria and Elisabeth by Käthe Kollwitz—Kollwitz is one of my favorite artists in the Gallery’s collection. Her work reflects the times and people she lived with in Germany during late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Maria and Elisabeth depict two women, perhaps mother and daughter, who care deeply for each other. I imagine they are about to part or are reconnecting after a separation. The white values in the print seem to radiate with the heat and emotion of the figures. The outline of the paper around the figures seems to add more tenderness to the figures enclosing them in a private moment together. This piece reminds me of cherished people in my life; a dear friend, my sisters or my mom.
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