The State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired the impressive art collection of Konrad Fischer and his wife, comprising 250 works by some thirty-five artists, as well as the gallery archive, for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen at the beginning of 2014. The exhibition catalogue now provides a summary of Konrad Fischer’s significant life’s work.


Käthe Kollwitz – Heinrich Zille
Even as a young artist, Käthe Kollwitz was a careful observer of people within their physical and social environment and – one of the few female artists – she described the darker side of the rapid development of industrial society lived between the factory and the tenement. She portrayed the entire range of human expression: motherly love, erotic sensuality, death and und despair. These drawing are being presented together in an exciting dialogue with the aesthetically surprisingly modern photographs of every day in Berlin around 1900 by Heinrich Zille for the first time. The photographic series shows a fragile, disordered, often cheerful, but also raw reality of the city that provided the authentic reality of the graphic art of Käthe Kollwitz.

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July 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-323-2

22,00 x 29,00 cm

192 Pages

91 colored and 55 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

ALTANA Kulturstiftung, Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg
Text by
Christian Drude, Daniel Kiecol, Martina Padberg
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Nahsicht. Käthe Kollwitz, Zeichnungen – Heinrich Zille, Fotografien“,
26 November 2009 to February 2010, ALTANA Kulturstiftung, Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, afterwards Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen.