The picture shows a nude woman from the back. The woman is lying with her right arm supporting her head. It appears as if the woman is sleeping on her side. The drawing is a part of the exhibitions worldwide "Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpsweder. Drawings and Prints. 1895–1906" which takes place from 27th October 2023 to 14th January 2024.
Paula Modersohn-Becker, Female Nude Lying Down, 1906 © ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpsweder.

Drawings and Prints. 1895–1906

27 Oct 2023
14 Jan 2024
Art Safari SRL, Dacia Romania Palace
Strada Lipscani 16-18
10281 Bukarest

“One needn’t think so much about nature when painting (. . .) 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 (1876–1907) was one of those artists around the turn of the century working in opposition to strict academic opinion on art. In order to be able to paint out in nature, directly, and not in a studio, she moved into the artists’ colony of Worpswede.

In contrast to her colleagues Otto Modersohn, Hans am Ende, Fritz Mackensen, Fritz Overbeck, and Heinrich Vogeler, she did not draw on impressionism and art nouveau, but rather on the work of Cezanne, van Gogh, and Gauguin. These artists strengthened her resolve to turn away from the representation of external appearance in order to search for inner essence. Her drawings evidence a simplification of form that is often more radical than in her paintings. This ifa exhibition therefore focuses entirely on Modersohn-Becker’s drawings and etchings, complemented by works of her Worpswede colleagues.

Concept: Wulf Herzogenrath 

Participating artists:

- Paula Modersohn-Becker
- Otto Modersohn
- Fritz Mackensen
- Hans am Ende
- Fritz Overbeck
- Heinrich Vogeler 

In collaboration with the German Embassy in Bucharest

Exhibtion Opening: 26.10.2023

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