KÃ¤the Kollwitz, 1919
8 July 1867
KÃ¶nigsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia)
|Died||22 April 1945
Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany
Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius – and I count myself among these – have to restore the lost connection once more.
To this day I do not know whether the power which has inspired my works is something related to religion, or is indeed religion itself.
It is my duty to voice the suffering of men, the never-ending sufferings heaped mountain-high.
While I drew, and wept along with the terrified children I was drawing, I really felt the burden I am bearing. I felt that I have no right to withdraw from the responsibility of being an advocate.
I do not want to die… until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
I want to cultivate the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.