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Käthe Kollwitz

In image of Kathe Kollwitz's poster "War--Never Again!"

Active during both world wars, Käthe Kollwitz explored themes of mother and child, war, death, and misery. In prints as well as in posters such as War—Never Again!, she worked predominantly in black and white, with the hands and faces of her figures serving as vehicles of emotion.

Martha Rosler

An image from Martha Rosler's series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home"

Martha Rosler’s photomontage series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (1967–72) incorporated battlefield scenes of the Vietnam War from Life magazine into images of upper-middle class home interiors. The series questioned Americans’ passive consumption of the war and, by their inaction, their tacit approval.

With this update, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists publishes 13 updates to biographies of artists whose work appears frequently in the market, as well as interviews with contemporary artists as part of an ongoing series on OUPBlog.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

Collection Guides

Join Benezit on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries. Follow links to related texts in Oxford Art Online and around the web to learn more about the artists in these outstanding collections.

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Benezit continues to feature new and revised biographies of women artists, as well as updates to articles on top-selling figures in today’s art market.