26 July 2006
Still At War
A couple of weeks ago I went back to Smith College's Cunningham Center to see some woodcuts by German Expressionist artists -- Kathe Kollwitz, Franz Marc, Ernst Barlach and Lyonel Feininger. Since I don't know much about the German Expressionists, I asked my friend Alan, who does know, to come along with me. His comments were really useful in helping me understand the context from which these pieces arose.
I loved a piece by Lyonel Feininger called Dorf. The composition reminded me of Blanche Lazzell's views of Provincetown which I recently saw. Even more, I found Kathe Kollwitz's powerful depictions of the suffering of war quite chilling. Sadly, these works are just as relevant today as ever.