Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907)
Paintings, large drawings and studies for compositions

One hundred years ago, the Berlin art dealer I.B. Neumann, founder of our company, dedicated a memorial exhibition to Paula Modersohn-Becker. In his gallery, located on Kurfürstendamm 232, he presented a selection of major works by the artist and stated his reasons in the illustrated catalogue: »I saw [...] pictures by Paula Modersohn-Becker. The beauty and the importance of these works touched me and I wish to show them to my friends in my own rooms for some weeks.«

On the occasion of the centennial of the memorial exhibition held in Berlin in june 1919, the Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner presents an important exhibition by Paula Modersohn-Becker including a number of significant paintings withdrawn from public display for years: We exhibit large scale charcoil drawings (1898/99) as well as figural paintings of her years in Worpswede and still-lifes dating from her last stay in Paris (1906/07). In addition, several studies offer an insight view of her working process by revealing how Modersohn-Becker conceived the composition of some of the paintings we exhibit.

Paula Modersohn-Becker is born in Dresden in 1876. She attends a course at the school of drawing and painting of the Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen und Kunstfreundinnen in Berlin (1896–98). In 1898 she moves to Worpswede. Four stays in Paris – 1900, 1903, 1905, 1906/07 – are of vital importance to her artistic evolution. Taking Cézanne, van Gogh and Gauguin as an example she develops a specific pictorial expression based on the radical simplification of form, noting in her diairy in 1906: »Great style in form also demands a great style in colour.« Without doubt, Paula Modersohn-Becker not only counts among the pionneers of modern art in Germany but – furthermore – she ranks among the key protagonists of European art history around 1900.

Exhibition in Berlin: November 16, 2019 to February 22, 2020
Catalogue 10 Euro

Paula Modersohn-Becker
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