Rijksmuseum Twenthe - Het kunstmuseum van Enschede

Paula Modersohn-Becker  between Worpswede and Paris

until 12 August 2018  Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907), expressive and moving art of great beauty, now in Rijksmuseum Twenthe. This young woman first settles in Worpswede, near of Bremen. Soon she leaves for the bustling Paris to plunge into the most progressive art of her time.

On 31 December 1899, the young German artist Paula Becker boarded a train for Paris. It was the last day of the nineteenth century, and she was leaving her home in the artist'village of Worpswede to begin the twentieth in the pulsing heart of the international art world.


This was the first of four substantial periods Paula spent in the French capital between 1900 and 1907. Each time, she returned to the tranquillity of Worpswede, where see lived with her husband (married in 1901), the painter Otto Modersohn. In Paris, she spent much of her time alone, working hard and wholly focused on het art. Finding the artistic climate conductive to self development, she visited museums and galleries and took drawing lessons at various academies.



Paula Modersohn-Becker could never dicide between the two worlds. But thanks to her experience in Paris, she blended the infuences of her beloved village and the international avantgarde. As an early expressionist, she begam the most progressive German artist of her time.


Her meteoric rise came to an abrupt end in 1907. After the birth of her daughter Mathilde, she sufferd an embolism and died, aged only 31.