- Also known as
primary name: Modersohn-Becker, Paula
- individual; painter/draughtsman; printmaker; German; Female
- Life dates
- Painter and etcher. Born in Dresden, with maiden name Becker, studied at the Berlin School of Art for Women, 1896-98. In 1898, she moved to Worpswede where married Otto Modersohn. Her visit to Paris in 1900 was the first of many, and she eventually settled there in 1906. For subject matter, Modersohn-Becker favored landscapes, peasants and mothers with children. Her style had developed towards reduction of form and abstraction of colour before her career was cut short by an untimely death in November, 1907, when she died from a heart attack, three weeks after giving birth to a daughter. Virtually unknown outside of Worpswede during her lifetime, Modernsohn-Becker gained post-humous acclaim as a significant turn-of-the-century German artist.
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U. Schneede, 'Paula Modersohn-Becker: Zeichnungen, Pastelle, Bildentwürfe', exh cat, Hamburg, 1976.
Werner, W. 'Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Oeuvreverzeichnis der Graphik'. Bremen: Kunsthandlung V. Voigt K. G., 1968.
Werner, W. 'Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1876-1907, Oeuvreverzeichnis der Graphik'. Bremen: Graphisches Kabinett, 1972.