When you go to the Art Gallery of Ontario, don’t miss Part III of the Käthe Kollovitz series of special exhibits. She produced some masterful works of art, especially drawings and prints, but also sculpture.
You may feel, as I do, that Kollovitz sometimes goes overboard in her effort to win viewers’ sympathy for her suffering subjects, but you will not question her sincerity. Her personal loss of a son to the senselessness of war struck deep. She had credentials.
If you can get past the relentless misery and gloom, Kollowitz offers beautiful draftsmanship, composition and form. She is heir to centuries of European art history, especially northern European, and serves the tradition with a modernist’s gift for simplicity