Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpsweder
Drawings and Prints 1895 - 1905

'One needn't think so much about nature ( ... ) my own perception is the main thing.' It is the young painter Paula Modersohn-Becker who notes down this sentence. This short quotation alone makes it clear that Modersohn-Becker (1876 – 1906) belongs to the circle of artists around the turn of the century who find themselves in opposition to the strict academic line of opinion on art. In order to be able to paint out in nature, directly, and not in an atelier, she moves into the artists' colony of Worpswede. However, in contrast to her colleagues Otto Modersohn, Hans am Ende, Fritz Mackensen, Fritz Overbeck, and Heinrich Vogeler, she finds her models not in the schools of impressionism and art nouveau, but rather in the persons of Cezanne, van Gogh, Gauguin. These artists strengthen her resolve to turn away from the representation of external appearance in order to search for the inner being. The simplification of form is to be seen above all in her drawings, which frequently surpass her paintings in terms of radicality. The ifa exhibition has therefore limited itself to the drawings and etchings of this artist. A complement to her work is given by works done by her Worpswede colleagues.

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker: Moor barge, about 1898; Photo: Bernd Kuhnert
Paula Modersohn-Becker: Moor barge, about 1898
  • 1876
    born in Dresden
  • 1893–1895
    teacher training in Bremen
  • 1896–1898
    studied at the School of Drawing and Painting of the Berlin Association of Woman Artists
  • 1907
    died in Worpswede

Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum
Paula Modersohn-Becker Foundation

Heinrich Vogeler

Heinrich Vogeler: Morning in spring, no. 2 from the folio "to the spring", 1899; © (Heinrich Vogeler) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 1999; Photo: Bernd Kuhnert
Heinrich Vogeler: Morning in spring, no. 2 from the folio "to the spring", 1899; © (Heinrich Vogeler) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 1999

Photos: Bernd Kuhnert
  • 1872
    born in Bremen
  • 1890–1894
    studied in Düsseldorf
  • 1942
    died in Kasachstan

Fritz Mackensen

Fritz Mackensen: Girl's Head, No. 5 of the portfolio 'At the Weyerberg', 1895; © (Fritz Mackensen) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 1999; Photo: Bernd Kuhnert
Fritz Mackensen: Girl's Head, No. 5 of the portfolio 'At the Weyerberg', 1895; © (Fritz Mackensen) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 1999
  • 1866
    born in Greene
  • 1883–1888
    studied in Düsseldorf and Munich
  • 1953
    died in Bremen

Hans am Ende

Hans am Ende: Fen landscape, No. 7 from the portfolio 'From Worpswede', 1897; Photo: Bernd Kuhnert
Hans am Ende: Fen landscape, No. 7 from the portfolio 'From Worpswede', 1897
  • 1864
    born in Trier
  • 1884–1887
    studied in Munich and Karlsruhe
  • 1918
    died in Stettin

Otto Modersohn

Otto Modersohn: fen countrywoman cutting peat, about 1905; © (Otto Modersohn) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 1999; Photo: Bernd Kuhnert
Otto Modersohn: fen countrywoman cutting peat, about 1905; © (Otto Modersohn) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 1999
  • 1865
    born in Soest
  • 1884–1888
    studied in Düsseldorf and Munich
  • 1943
    died in Fischerhude

Otto Modersohn Museum

Fritz Overbeck

Fritz Overbeck: Worpswede, No. 1 from the portfolio 'From Worpswede', 1897; Photo: Bernd Kuhnert
Worpswede, No. 1 from the portfolio 'From Worpswede', 1897
  • 1869
    born in Bremen
  • 1889–1893
    studied in Düsseldorf
  • 1909
    died in Bröcken
Paula Modersohn-Becker und die Worpsweder. Zeichnungen und Druckgrafik 1895 – 1905. – Stuttgart: ifa, 2000. – 150 pp. – German with an insert in English

Paula Modersohn-Becker und die Worpsweder. Zeichnungen und Druckgrafik 1895 – 1905. – Stuttgart: ifa, 2000. – 150 pp. – German with an insert in English

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20.10.2017 – 15.11.2017
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