Tuesday, July 20, 2010

on work

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), Self-Portrait, charcoal drawing, 1924

"April 1910

I am gradually approaching the period in my life when work comes first. When both the boys went away for Easter, I hardly did anything but work. Worked, slept, ate and went for short walks. But above all I worked. And yet I wonder whether the "blessing" is not missing from such work. No longer diverted by other emotions, I work the way a cow grazes . . ."
- excerpt from Käthe Kollwitz's diary

(source for quote: Revelations: Diaries of Women, edited by Mary Jane Moffat & Charlotte Painter, published by Vintage Books, New York, NY © 1974, 75)

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