Tag: Paula-modersohn-becker

Women, Ambition and Recognition

I knew when I set out to write about #nastywomenwriters from Herstory that I wished to restore the voices and inform more people about women of our past and present who were #nasty. Though these women had valuable things to say and had made incredibly important achievements, very few knew about them. What I did not understand at the time is that, hand in hand with restoring women their voices and acknowledging the contributions of disappeared women, goes the issue of Women and Ambition.   The Women and Ambition category on this site began with the #nastywomanwriters post about Paula...

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Ich bin Ich (I am Me) Paula Modersohn-Becker: The Self-Portraits

“I am Me, and hope to become this more and more.” Paula Modersohn-Becker(1876-1907) to Rainer Maria Rilke 1906 I was lucky to be in Bremen, Germany yet again in November of 2019 just in time to see the newest exhibit of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Self-Portraits at the museum dedicated to her there in the Museen Böttcherstrasse. Read the original NWW piece on Modersohn-Becker, Women and Ambition, and the follow up, Degenerate Art. What a fortuitous opportunity it was to be there while this exhibit was showing. So many paintings I had never seen, in a book or in a museum, were...

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Degenerate Art: Update on Paula Modersohn-Becker

  In December of 2018, I was able to return to Germany and explore more about Paula Modersohn-Becker. In the kunsthalle (art museum) in Bremen, I found this fabulous painting by Becker. At the time, I was unable to read the title on the placard below it, for I do not speak German.      Recently I asked a German speaker to translate it for me and was surprised to find this as the translation:  A Farmer’s Child from Worpswede Sitting on a Chair, 1905. Confiscated as “degenerate” art by the Nazi Regime. Banished to a forbidden art depot 1937-1945....

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Paula Modersohn-Becker: Women and Ambition, German (1876-1907) by Theresa C. Dintino

What if there were a woman born in the late 1800s with the ambition to paint a way no woman had ever painted before, to paint women in a way women had never been painted before, to bring the female sensibility and perspective to art in a way it had not been seen before? What if that woman had a lot of ambition and fought her position, status and the misogyny and sexism of the day and actually succeeded in doing everything she had set out to do? If there were such a woman and she did accomplish all...

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