By Uwe M. Schneede
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.
240 pages | 120 illustrations
Thames & Hudson, 2023
6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
Artist Monographs, Woman Artist