Kathe Kollwitz 1867-1945
German Artist

Kathe Kollwitz concentrated mostly on etchings depicting the beauty, dignity, and fighting spirit of oppressed people.

Her most important works are two series of etchings: 'Revolt of the Weavers' and 'The Peasant War'. After the death of her son in battle in 1914 the mother protecting her children became the central theme of her work.

She also sculpted a granit monument depicting grieving parents which serves still as a monument to the slain youth of all nations.

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Marie La Fayette
French Writer

Born in Paris, married to Francois Motier, comte de La Fayette.

At first she lived with her husband in his estate but decided later to return to Paris where she formed a literary circle and began to write.

Madame de La Fayette's first novel was published anonymously, her second under a different name, and her masterpiece 'La Princess de Cleves' again anonymously. Its dignified dialogue and psycholo-gical insights opened a new era in the history of the novel


Selma Lagerlof
Swedish Writer

Selma Lagerlof won the Nobel prize for literature (1909) for 'Berling's Saga' a romantic tale based on Swedish folk legends.

She also wrote 'Jerusalem' concerning Swedish farmers who emigrated to Palestine, but she is most known for the children's classic 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils' about a little boy who flies around Sweden on a geese.

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Nobel Prize 1909


Judith Leyster
Dutch painter

Judith Leyster was the best-known female painter of the 17th century.

Many of her genre scenes of everyday Dutch life hang in the leading museums of Europe. Her painting 'The Jolly Toper' was attributed to Franz Hals until her monogram was revealed during cleaning.