Sunday, December 21, 2014

Self-Portraits by Paula Modersohn-Becker 1876-1907


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Self-Portrait 1898

Dresden-born Paula Modersohn-Becker was 12, when her family moved to Bremen. She was the 3rd child of 7 children whose father, the son of a Russian university professor, was employed with the German railway. He and Modersohn-Becker's mother, who was from an aristocratic family, provided the children a cultured & intellectual environment in the household. In 1892, she received her first drawing instruction, and a year later came to England to learn English. In 1897, she saw an exhibition at Bremen's Kunsthalle by the members of the "Worpsweders" commune, artists who lived on the moors outside Bremen protesting the dominance of the academy like the French Barbizon school, as they portrayed local farm families.

Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Self Portrait on 6th Wedding Anniversary 1906

In 1896, she studied at the Society of Berlin Women Artists. She became close friends with the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, but married Otto Modersohn & settled in Worpswede. She later left him to work in Paris, where she immersed herself in French art. A reconciliation led her back to Worpswede, where, in 1907, aged 31, she died of an embolism after the birth of her daughter...her only child. Her daughter Tillie (1907-1998) founded the Paula Modersohn-Becker-Foundation (Paula Modersohn-Becker-Stiftung) in 1978.

Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Self Portrait 1897


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Self Portrait


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Self Portrait with Hand on Chin 1906


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Self Portrait with Pearl Necklace 1906


>Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907)


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907)


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) 1902


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) 1903


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) 1905


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) 1905


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) 1906


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) 1906-1907


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907)1907



Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Self Portrait with Red Flower Wreat and Chain 1907


Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) Holding her newborn daughter in 1907. She would die only days later.


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