Art: A Weapon against Complacency

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were well known to German Kathe Kollwitz; she had sketched them from life for more than 50 years. When Death finally turned on her in Germany's Harz Mountains last September, she was 78, worn out, and nearly blind. But her prints and drawings still stood as a terrible and pitiful description of human suffering. In the '205 they had seemed, to U.S. eyes, grotesquely exaggerated; the pictures of Belsen now made them seem like plain, eyewitness reporting.

Last week a Manhattan gallery opened a memorial exhibition of her...

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