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Modersohn-Becker, Paula

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Modersohn-Becker, Paula

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German, 20th century, female.

Born 8 February 1876, in Dresden; died 20 November 1907, in Worpswede.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist. Figure compositions, figures, landscapes, still-lifes.

Worpswede Artists’ Colony.

Paula Modersohn-Becker spent her childhood in Dresden before moving with her family to Bremen in 1888. She completed her training as a teacher in 1893. She studied from 1892 to 1896 at art schools and private institutions in Bremen, but spending 1892 at the London School of Arts and the period 1896 to 1898 at the association of Berlin women artists. In 1897, she visited the North Sea village of Worpswede, drawn there by the admiration she felt for the painters who had made it their home, among them Fritz Mackensen, Heinrich Vogeler and Otto Modersohn. She returned to Worpswede the following year and studied with Mackensen, who shared her interest in the human figure. She also shared the group’s interest in the Post-Romanticism of the Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin and the mysticism of Hans von Marées. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke and his wife Clara Westhoff were regular visitors to Worpswede and Rilke and Paula Becker became close friends (she subsequently painted a portrait of him)....

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