Happy Birthday: Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker was born on February 8th. She was an early expressionist painter known for pushing the boundaries of art during the same period as Picasso and Matisse.

Her work is known for the use of tempera paints and fauvist palette. She also kept a diary detailing her art-making experience. 

In her diary, she described her concerns about motherhood. She was worried that she wouldn't be able to paint if she also had to take care of a baby. So she wanted to put off having kids until she turned 30. She was thrilled when her daughter was born when she was 31. Unfortunately, she died only a couple weeks later of an embolism. In her honor, her daughter founded the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Germany. Well known for it's collection of Paula's work as well as unique architecture.

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"How happy I would be if I could give figurative expression to the unconscious feeling that often murmurs so softly and sweetly within me."

-Paula Modersohn-Becker