Art: The Alternative Tradition

The Plougher by Kollwitz

The Plougher by Käthe Kollwitz

Living in Germany, a passionate democrat and dissident, Kollwitz maintained her faith in humankind through the Prussian ascendancy, two world wars, economic depression, and the Nazi era. The Plougher of her Peasant War series symbolises the oppressed of every age. Not the man behind the plough, but reduced to pulling it himself, he is a virtual beast of burden. --