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.
Posted by Kathleen at 2:25 PM