Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Death Seizes A Woman
This illustration is a charcoal drawing by Kathe Kollwitz. I think this is a very well done illustration because it is powerful. The emotions on the subjects faces are strong and gives the audience a feeling of melancholy and confusion. I say confusion because you don't really know whats going on, however you still have an idea. It is a very dark and sketchy piece that is well thought out and successfully organized. She realized that she didn't need a background because her subjects were meaningful and dramatic on its own. That was an intelligent move which allowed this to be a solid piece.
I bought a book of her work and she does a lot of really depressing etching, charcoal, prints, ink and drawings.
She is a really talented artist who is able to portray emotion well in her work. Some of her drawings are simple but the passion she puts in her art is overpowering. I would love to be able to depict emotion like the way she does. When I bought the book I was in a charcoal phase. I decided to talk about it because I'm still in that phase. This seemed to be the appropriate time to talk about her and one of her drawings.