Today, 110 years ago painter Paula Modersohn-Becker died. She is one of my favorite painters and one of the most important pioneers of early Expressionism. Her pictures touch me as much as her biography. Her art was misunderstood and often derided during her lifetime. After her death diary entries and correspondence were published, among others with Rainer Maria Rilke, and finally her art became famous. She lived as a young woman in Worpswede, a small artists' village in the north of Germany, where she met her later husband Otto Modersohn. He had recently lost his wife and therefore he later lived in the constant fear of losing Paula as well. He did not want to give her a child because he was worried she might die at birth. After years of rural narrowness, Paula fled to Paris and painted. In order to bring Paula back home, Otto fulfilled her longest wish. She got pregnant. After a difficult birth she had to stay in bed for two weeks. When she was finally allowed to get up, the living room was festively decorated and the candles were lit. She was still weak and had to sit down. The child was brought to her and when she held it in her hands the last word she said was "a pity". Otto's concern feels like a self-fulfilled prophecy - Paula died of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 31.
The portrait of a girl, seen above, is one of my favorite pictures. I tried to paint it by myself in 1996 for school and again today, but I have to confess that my girls alway look different.... #briefmarke#technicalwriter#elearning#paula#paulmodersohnbecker#expressionism#worpswede#paris#apity#painter#artist#drawing#collage#intenselife#rainermariarilke#bremen#anniversary#handlettering
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