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Paula Modersohn-Becker

When Paula Modersohn-Becker’s artist friends examined her extensive estate a few weeks after her death in 1907, they were overwhelmed. Only gradually did they realize that in the painter, dead at thirty-one, they had had an outstanding artist in their midst. Today Modersohn-Becker is regarded as one of the pioneers of Expressionism.

Sculptor Bernhard Hoetger was one of the few people who recognized Modersohn-Becker’s talent from an early stage. In 1920, he published a book collecting his memories of her, and they are reproduced as facsimile here. In addition to Hoetger’s writings, the book offers an essay tracing Modersohn-Becker’s life and work from a present-day perspective, together with a traditional biographical sketch and reproductions of forty of her most important works.

72 pages | 49 color plates | 5 1/4 x 8

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"This beautiful book comes out to accompany an ambitious retrospective exhibition of the German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker in Frankfurt. The many beautifully reproduced plates, photos, and essays chart the story of an impressive artist whose life was cut short all too soon. . . . Whether one is fortunate enough to see the retrospective exhibition in person or not, this book provides a valuable view of an important artist who deserves to be better known."

New York Journal of Books

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