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Agnes Weinrich (1873-1946)
An abstract painter, etcher, and block printer, Agnes Weinrich was also an active participant in
the modern art communities of New York and Provincetown. Weinrich was born into a wealthy
Iowa farming family in 1873. Her family’s stature allowed her to study art all over the world and
connect to important figures in New York. From 1900 to 1903, she studied in Berlin and later
traveled to Paris to study with Albert Gleizes and Andre Lhote. Weinrich also studied at the Art
Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League, and with Charles Hawthorne and Blanche Lazzell
in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She worked either in New York or in Provincetown for the rest
of her career, preferring the mediums of oil painting and woodblock printing. Although she
began her career making figurative art, Weinrich was creating exclusively abstract work by the
1930
s. Her experiences in Paris had a lasting impression on her and she modeled her art after
the Cubism she observed there.
Weinrich was closely connected to influential artists and philanthropists in New York and
in Provincetown. She organized the New York Society of Women Artists and was a close
friend of Peggy Guggenheim. Weinrich also led a group of artists in Provincetown who were
experimenting with Cubism. When her sister Helen married the artist Karl Knaths in 1922, Weinrich
took an active role in advancing his career and introducing him to the New York art scene.
Weinrich, her sister, and Knaths remained close and lived together for the rest of Weinrich’s life.
She exhibited her work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Phillips Collection, the Brown-
Robinson Gallery, New York, the Harley Perkins Gallery in Boston, the Society of Independent
Artists, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual, and the
Corcoran Gallery Biennial. The artist died in 1946 in Provincetown, and her work can be found
in the permanent collection of the Phillips Collection.
Agnes Weinrich
Patriarch
Drawing
8 ¾”
x 6 ½”
Hedwig Weiss (1860-1923)
Although little is known about Hedwig Weiss, it is certain that she was a friend of Käthe
Kollwitz, the famous German artist. The best-known pieces byWeiss are portraits of Kollwitz,
such as the one in the Balka Collection, that echo her friend’s celebrated style. Kollwitz,
who lived from 1867 to 1945, devoted her life to depicting the suffering of the poor and
the imminent threat of death. A socialist and a pacifist, she made politically charged
drawings, etchings, lithographs, and sculptures. The dark, heavy lines of her graphic work
are instantly recognizable, as are the gaunt, expressive bodies of her subjects. She made
hundreds of self-portraits throughout her life, always unflattering and full of sadness.
Weiss’s use of heavy, expressive lines, and her representation of Kollwitz’s features lead
the viewer to think, at first, that this is one of the Kollwitz self-portraits. Kollwitz liked this
particular portrait so much that she signed her name next to Weiss’s, resulting in a rare
double-signature.
Hedwig Weiss
Portrait of Käthe Kollwitz
Soft ground etching,
Signed by Käthe Kollwitz
14 ½”
x 11”
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