Rajat

Rajat

Vidushi's love for pencil and gesture drawing makes it timely to remember Käthe Kollwitz (1862-1945) a German artist who was famous, amongst other things for drawing and etching. This lithograph is called "mother with a child in her arms".

A lot of her motifs were selected when she was at her husbands office, he was a doctor. "The motifs I was able to select from this milieu (the workers' lives) offered me, in a simple and forthright way, what I discovered to be beautiful.... People from the bourgeois sphere were altogether without appeal or interest. All middle-class life seemed pedantic to me. On the other hand, I felt the proletariat had guts. It was not until much later...when I got to know the women who would come to my husband for help, and incidentally also to me, that I was powerfully moved by the fate of the proletariat and everything connected with its way of life.... But what I would like to emphasize once more is that compassion and commiseration were at first of very little importance in attracting me to the representation of proletarian life; what mattered was simply that I found it beautiful."

She was increasingly weary of the war and published a statement: "There has been enough of dying! Let not another man fall!"
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