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The following text was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher of Laguna Woods, California:
Kaethe Kollwitz was born in Koenigsberg, East Prussia in 1867. The family name was Schmidt, and they were cultivated, middle class people who considered a talent to be a duty. Her art education began in 1881; she began studying with Rudolph Mauer, a local engraver. At seventeen, she enrolled in the School for Women Artists in Berlin. Her early studies (showing 500 of 18933 characters).