Paula Modersohn-becker: The First Modern Woman Artist

Hardcover | April 30, 2013

byDiane Radycki

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Considered one of the most important of the early German modernists, the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907) challenged traditional representations of the female body in art. She was the first modern woman artist to paint herself nude, as well as mothers and children nude. She also created the first self-portrait while pregnant in the history of art. Modersohn-Becker painted the life she was living as a woman and artist and led the way for generations of women artists. Tragically, her life and career were cut short at age thirty-one, following complications from childbirth.

Diane Radycki examines the artist’s fascinating biography, highlighting her friendships with poet Rainer Maria Rilke and sculptor Clara Rilke-Westhoff as well as her personal anguish, including years in an unconsummated marriage, a disappointing affair, and irresolution about motherhood. Radycki also details the genres of Modersohn-Becker’s work: figure (especially nudes), still life, and landscape; and the reception of her work following her death. This new book is an authoritative source on Modersohn-Becker, who Radycki convincingly portrays as the first significant woman artist in the history of modernism.

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Considered one of the most important of the early German modernists, the painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907) challenged traditional representations of the female body in art. She was the first modern woman artist to paint herself nude, as well as mothers and children nude. She also created the first self-portrait while pregnant ...

Diane Radycki is associate professor of art history at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She served as editor and translator of The Letters and Journals of Paula Modersohn-Becker.

other books by Diane Radycki

The Letters and Journals of Paula Modersohn-Becker
The Letters and Journals of Paula Modersohn-Becker

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10.5 × 8 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300185308

ISBN - 13:9780300185300

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“The most complete biography available in English. . . . Radycki presents a robust art-historical case that her story is 'the missing piece in the history of twentieth-century modernism.'”–Open Letters Monthly