Line work

On Saturday, I stumbled on the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne. I studied Kollwitz in high school and in 2002, I visted the sculpture Mother with Dead Son, in the Neue Wache, in Berlin. I remember the pain that sculpture emanated.
I think her work of children and mothers moved me most. She draws on her own experiences as a mother and captures some of the joy and beauty of motherhood, but more predominately the grief of losing a child. It is raw, gut wrenching work. There is no fear of death, just anger and grief.

Kollwitz's control of line and composition was inspiring. The exhibition woke up my urge to draw. The painting above was an experiment with some watercolours and pencil. I enjoyed working on it so much.

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