Paula Modersohn-Becker (Hardcover)

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A highly illustrated critical biography of groundbreaking artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, harbinger of the modernist movement. 

Nineteenth-century German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) defied every convention of an artist at the time: she was a professional female artist, she painted everyday scenes of women’s life and self-portraits—including during her pregnancy—and she used a rich, earthy palette, including many pinks. In this accessible introduction to the artist, art historian Uwe M. Schneede tells the story of how Modersohn-Becker became one of the most important artists of the modern movement.

Schneede conducts a thorough visual analysis of Modersohn-Becker’s paintings, examining how she painted women, including herself, in a way that had not been seen before and unpacking why her images have remained so significant. This study is paired with a revealing discussion of the artist’s short life, from her early classes at the Association of Berlin Women Artists to creating the first-known female nude self-portraits.

Featuring rarely seen images from Modersohn-Becker’s archive, as well as fascinating insight into her life and work, Paula Modersohn-Becker presents a welcome opportunity to get to know this key modern artist. 

About the Author

Uwe M. Schneede is a German art historian and curator of contemporary art and the former director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780500025628
ISBN-10: 0500025622
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English