Happy Birthday, Paula Modersohn-Becker
“I think the time is coming for struggle and uncertainty. It comes into every serious and beautiful life. I knew all along that it had to come.”
Paula Modersohn-Becker (February 8, 1876 – November 21, 1907)
Paula Modersohn-Becker was a rare combination of artist and writer. A diarist and prodigious letter-writing, she offered us a glimpse of what it was like to live in her time, to hear her voice and listen to the stories behind her artwork. At the time of her death at the early age of 31, shortly after the birth of her daughter Mathilde (Tillie), very few people knew about her remarkable contribution to early expressionism. Indeed, if it were not for her writings, she would have disappeared into the folds of history.
Paula Modersohn-Becker is a reminder to keep on writing, to fulfill whatever creative endeavours are within us. She lived a beautiful life, embracing the struggle and uncertainty that comes with being alive.
“In art one is usually totally alone with oneself.”