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"Feb. 8, 1876–Nov. 21, 1907; German painter and one of the most important representatives of early expressionism. In a brief career cut short by an embolism at the age of 31, she created a number of groundbreaking images of great intensity. She is [erroneously] becoming recognized as the first female painter to paint female nudes. Using bold forays into subject matter and chromatic color choices, she and fellow-artists Picasso and Matisse introduced the world to modernism at the start of the 20th century."(Wikipedia)
"German expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker in her short life created 750 paintings, 13 etchings, 1,000 drawings, which absorbed the main areas of art at the beginning of the XX century. She died at the age of 31, 19 days after giving birth.. " http://vsemart.com/german-expressionist-painter-paula-modersohn-becker/
"Heir to the Romanticism of 19th-Century German Art, Paula Modersohn-Becker joined the North German artist colony of Worpswede, before spending time in Paris where she discovered French Post-Impressionism as well as Van Gogh's style of Expressionism. Inspired by these variants of modern art, Modersohn-Becker developed a powerful style of primitive art which allowed her to create a range of expressionist compositions, primarily portrait art. Although she died young and sold few works in her lifetime, she is now seen as one of Germany's most important modern artists - a forerunner of German Expressionism, with an intensely personal view of the world.... For more about how she pioneered the style of expressionism, in the first decade of the 20th century, see: History of Expressionist Painting (c.1880-1930). http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/famous-artists/paula-modersohn-becker.htm
http://cujah.org/past-volumes/volume-i/essay7-volume1/ for great article: Conflict as a Woman Artist: Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Self-Portraits