Kathe Kollwitz, Young Girl, charcoal (1920). 8 x 8 inches.
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Kathe Kollwitz, Young Girl, charcoal (1920). 8 x 8 inches.
This entry on artistic influence is part of an ongoing series of “How to visit an Open Studio.”
In my last entry, I discussed how the productivity of Vincent van Gogh influenced me as an artist. Another artist who has influenced me is the German Expressionist artist Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945).  As a painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Kollwitz’s work offered an eloquent and often searing account of the human condition in the first half of the 20th century. Kollwitz, who publically protested against Hitler’s rise to power, lost her teaching position and her government sponsored studio during the Nazi regime. She continued to produce work during the war, however, much of the subject matter revolving around the themes of social protest and mother and child portraits.

Kollwitz’s use of chiaroscuro (black against white for dramatic affect), bold brush strokes and intimate subject matter make her one of the most expressive artists in the history of western art.  I thought of Kollwitz as I used chiaroscuro to paint the birch trees and exaggerated the angles of the trees to make them appear more expressive.

I hope you can join me on Saturday November 15 from 10-5 or Sunday November 16 from 11-4 to celebrate the completion of Transitions, six large scale paintings of the state tree, the birch, commissioned by the State of New Hampshire Percent for Art program.

 

Meg Black Commission
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Open Studio

November 15-16, from 10-5 (Sat.) and 11-4 on Sunday

Meg Black Studios, 48 Prospect St. Topsfield, MACome celebrate the completion of six large-scale birch trees paintings, commissioned by the state of New Hampshire.

Meg Black has been a practicing artist using fibrous pulp for over twenty-four years. As one of a handful of artists working in this exciting medium, she is something of a pioneer, internationally recognized by galleries and collectors alike. Her focus on nature and the environment yields stunning landscapes, seascapes, New England scenes and garden views. Her works are acclaimed for their vibrant color, freshness and luminosity.

Studio Hours : 8:00am to 4:00pm M-F

Please call 978.887.8670 or email to schedule an apppointment.

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