Happy Birthday Kathe Kollowitz!! This inspired artist was born in Prussia (now Russia) in 1867. She was one of 5 children and took art lessons early on in drawing and plaster casting. She went to art school in Berlin, where she met her husband who eventually became a doctor for the poor. They made their home in Germany and Kathe had a wealth of ideas and subjects in her husband’s patients. She was a printmaker and sculptor who expertly conveyed her incredible empathy for the weak and downtrodden through her expressive and naturalistic style. She tended to work on series or groups of works on a common theme, war, poverty, human suffering and death among the most favored. Death and Woman is the title for etching below.