Kathe Kollwitz is mainly known as a printmaker and sculptor, although some of her drawings are demonstrating very well her personal and emotional involvement in the picture making. Her own personal experiences, her engagement with the events and workers around her, and her later involvement in revolutionary themes, are key elements in her work
This drawing reminds me a bit to the previous drawing from Da Vinci. The lines in charcoal are bold and gesture like. The contour line is strong, the woman showing her back, her face not visible. Two children one to the left and one to the right are pulling at her robe. Both faces visible and with dark eyes, the rest of the body is more gesture and partly hidden behind the rope of the woman. The title ‘Brot! (Bread)’ explains the grief drawn in this picture.
Like the ’Virgin’ picture of Da Vinci this drawing is showing a triangle of three persons, the movement as well going from the lower right to the upper left corner. The persons are looking upward and backwards. This drawing clearly communicates the message of hopeless and grief. Compared to hope and joy of the ‘Virgin’ picture from Da Vinci.
Kollwitz, Kathe Schmidt (1867 – 1945) Brot! (Bread), 1924 (charcoal on paper, 47.6×40.2cm)
Ref: KOLLWITZ, KATHE SCHMIDT (1924) BROT! (BREAD). [CHARCOAL ON PAPER]. [ONLINE IMAGE]. Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA, USA. AVAILABLE FROM: HTTP://PRIVATE.BRIDGEMANEDUCATION.COM [ACCESSED 14 NOVEMBER 2014]