Artists capture the lives they know. They always have. Part of that job includes choosing an artistic medium: paint, sculpture, video, music, fiction, what-have-you. At the end of the 19th century, following their predecessors Hogarth and Goya, German visual artists Max Klinger (1857-1920), Alfred Rethel (1816-1859) and Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) used black-and-white narrative cycles to tell stories of psychological damage and social unrest. Kollwitz based his 1897 narrative cycle A Weaver's Revolt (Ein Weberaufstand), including "Death" (Tod, pictured), on Gerhart Hauptmann's 1893 play The Weavers (Die Weber), which relayed the events of a botched uprising by Silesian weavers in 1844, one that ended badly. Head to the Benton anytime before Oct. 14 for this and other revealing glimpses of 19th-century European social life.
The Dark Side of Life: 19th-Century Narrative Cycles by Rethel, Klinger and Kollwitz
ends Oct. 14, William Benton Museum of Art, 245 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, (860) 486-4520, thebenton.org.