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MoMA and the Neue Galerie collectively purchase a Käthe Kollwitz self-portrait

The Museum of Trendy Artwork (MoMA) in New York and the Neue Galerie, the establishment championing early twentieth century German and Austrian artwork, have collectively acquired a 1904 self-portrait by the German artist Käthe Kollwitz, recognized for her visceral and psychologically complicated portrayals of her topics, particularly these affected by acute poverty and starvation between the 2 World Wars.

The assertive lithograph Self-portrait en face was made when Kollwitz was 37-years-old and already very profitable. It’s one in every of 12 recognized impressions Kollwitz made from the work in numerous color variations, this one with a red-brown crayon define framed by a darkish blue background. It’s famous as one of many final items the artist made in color, as she started limiting her palette to black and white in 1905.

The work enhances 34 prints by Kollwitz in MoMA’s collection and has been put in within the fifth-floor assortment galleries on the museum alongside the German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Self-Portrait with Two Flowers in Her Raised Left Hand (1907), which was additionally collectively acquired by the establishments in 2017.

“Käthe Kollwitz’s legacy looms massive over the twentieth and twenty first centuries,” says Christophe Cherix, MoMA’s chief curator of drawings and prints. The work is “each a monument within the historical past of printmaking and a piece that speaks as a lot to its time as ours”.

The acquisition foreshadows a significant survey exhibition of Kollwitz’s work because of be introduced within the coming months, which follows an expansive exhibition dedicated to the artist on the Getty Middle in Los Angeles in 2019-20.

Kollwitz was born in 1867 within the Prussian metropolis of Königsberg in present-day Russia, and died in 1945 in Moritzburg, Germany. Whereas she is best-known for her stark and largely monochromatic portrayals of sophistication warfare and political upheaval, she made self-portraits all through her life, a follow she stated supplied “a chance to interrogate and study one’s personal particular person, [and] to satisfy a deep-seated want to come back to time period with oneself”.

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