January 20, 2009
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
She produced nude self-portraits of which the two depicted are perhaps examples. I'm too tired to check.
The one painting with the baby is particularly foretelling. When Paula's long-lived wish to conceive and bear a child was fulfilled, her daughter Mathilde (Tillie) Modersohn was born but the joy became soon overshadowed by tragedy, as Paula Modersohn-Becker died suddenly in Worpswede on November 20th from an embolism.
- "Formally one can detect influences from German and French expressionism and from the poetry of Paul van Ostaijen, while in terms of subject matter the poems partly follow the line of Kurt Hiller’s ‘Aktivismus’ and Henri Barbusse’s internationally oriented cultural movement Clarté." --Matthijs de Ridder
Two pioneers of "space age pop" celebrate their anniversaries today.