Ripped From The Darkness

20 Apr


Our local art gallery, The Glynn Vivian, is showing a fabulous exhibition of drawings and prints by the formidable German artist Käthe Kollwitz. I have admired her work and life for so many years, I’m beside myself to see this exhibition so close to home. I like to study artists I admire and copy from the great mistresses and masters. This is a digital study I made today from her woodcut “The Widow” from the early 1920s. She is very sparing with the cutting tool, there are surprisingly few cuts which I think increases its impact, the sense that the image has been ripped from the surrounding darkness.  I didn’t finish it, there’s another hand in the original. I can never resist a good book and I bought the exhibition book as a birthday present to myself, it’s “Portrait Of The Artist: Käthe Kollwitz” by Frances Carey and Max Egremont, published by The British Museum and IKON.

I drew this with a, now ancient, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free app called Markers. I laid a black ground down and drew with white lines.

3 Responses to “Ripped From The Darkness”

  1. Leonie Andrews April 21, 2018 at 05:37 #

    Lucky you! One of my finds earlier this year is a book of her letters. I haven’t read much due to tight schedules, but can’t wait to get back to it.

    • Rosie Scribblah April 21, 2018 at 07:18 #

      Oh I love her. I went to Berlin twice to go to her museum.


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