Modersohn-Becker, Paula

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Modersohn-Becker, Paula

(mō`dərzōn'-bĕk`ər), 1876–1907, German painter. After studying in London and Berlin, she was greatly influenced by her experience at Worpswede, an artists' colony where she lived from 1898 to 1900. There she met Otto Modersohn, whom she married, and the poet Rainer Maria RilkeRilke, Rainer Maria
, 1875–1926, German poet, b. Prague, the greatest lyric poet of modern Germany. Life

Rilke's youth at military and business school was not happy. His relations with his father were difficult, and he was able to attend the Univ.
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. She lived only 31 years, but created a remarkable body of early modernist work, more than 700 paintings that are lively with color and roughened surface treatment. Influenced by both old and new art, at first she painted mainly landscapes, but then turned to portraits, nudes (including many of herself), and still lifes. Rilke wrote a biography of Modersohn-Becker; she painted a portrait of Rilke. A museum in Bremen, Germany, is devoted to her work.


See biography by D. Radycki (2013); study by G. Perry (1979).

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Gallery manager Paula Becker describes Peacher's work as "realistic, expressive, full of intense color and texture, inspired by travel, nature and music." Her recent work is represented by a series of portraits of The Red Light Variety Show, a vaudeville and cabaret group in Boise.
Rich's poem titled "Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff," an epistle, suggested how I might write into other women artists' histories and relationships.
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Along the lines of earlier models of Rich's talent for note-taking ("Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff" is a sterling example from The Dream of a Common Language), two poems in the present book re-create the lives of historical artist/ revolutionary figures: the poet Rene Char ("Char") and photographer Tina Modotti ("Modotti").
Also showing at the arts center through August is the Exposure 2014 photography exhibit in Gallery 5, featuring work of Curt Peters, Marion Hall, Ed Wilent, Rudy Gargioni and Paula Becker.
Paula Becker (1876-1907) was born and grew up in Dresden, a city so beautiful it was known as the Florence on the Elbe.
Midnight, January 1, 1900, Paula Becker was on the train to Paris.
For six months, in the halls of Louvre, in the studios of the Academie Colarossi, and in the art exhibitions of the 1900 World's Fair, Paula Becker followed the trajectory of the nude through art history.
Diane Radycki's translation of the letters and journals included an introduction by Alessandra Comini, as well as Adrienne Rich's translation of Rilke's Requiem, and an original poem by Rich, herself, entitled "Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff." Gillian Perry's biography of Modersohn-Becker, the first in English, elicited a sensitive review in the New York Times by Mark Stevens, who wrote that Modersohn-Becker was "one of those rare artists whose painting is muscular, even harsh in form, but delicate in spirit." (6)
Lily Engler and Adrienne Rich, and Adrienne Rich, "Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff" (1975-76); Gillian Perry, Paula Modersohn-Becker: Her Life and Work (New York: Harper & Row, 1979); and Mark Stephens, "Mainly Women and Children," New York Times Book Review (January 13, 1980): 1.