Few artists have ever captured the sheer hopelessness of an era quite like German printmaker Käthe Kollwitz. Her illustrations of human cruelty, passion and suffering are almost deific in their depiction of the nuances of the human experience — and the exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics aims to capture the artist at her finest, with one of the most comprehensive surveys of her work presented in Los Angeles in years. Works on paper — prints, sketches and proofs — reveal an artist deeply invested in portraying the social upheavals that wracked the world around her.

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood; December 3 – March 29, 2020; free. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu.

Käthe Kollwitz, Charge, 1902-03; Sheet 5 of Peasants’ War. Etching, drypoint, aquatint (Courtesy of Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles)

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