Faces of The Day: German Sculptor Kathe Kollwitz’s Grieving Parents Of WOrld War One

FACES of the day: Visitors view a photo of the ‘Grieving Parents’ statue during an exhibit, World War One, 1914-1918, at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. The statue of the Grieving Parents, by noted German sculptor Kathe Kollwitz, is a tribute to her youngest son, Peter, who was killed in October 1914 and is buried in the Vladslo German Cemetery in Belgium.

The eyes on the father-figure, left, gaze onto the ninth stone before him, on which his son’s name is written.


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The statues of she and her husband Karl:

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The artist’s own burial plot in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde is beautiful:




More at the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin and there’s a fine collection of her work here.