07-24-2009, 04:49 AM
Our artist for the next two weeks:



I love the work of this artist and it is very sad that she died so young (31)

Here are a few of her other paintings:




Please add any information, or your thoughts on this artist.
Copy a painting posted above or in one of the links.
Be inspired by Paula and do your own art piece in her style.
Use any medium you like, that's always interesting....and of course post what you have done for all of us to see.

Here are some links:



and finally a poem, written after her death by her friend Rainer Maria Rilke.


Enjoy...Janet :heart:

07-24-2009, 05:03 AM
Sorry...I listed the same link twice. Here is the other one....


07-24-2009, 06:00 AM
Yes...I think she did very interesting work too. I am looking forward to exploring the links Janet!!

07-24-2009, 08:42 AM
This is a new artist to me. I am looking forward to this challenge, Janet. Very earthy

07-24-2009, 09:32 AM
Yes, I do like her. I love her face. I searched for a book of her letters and journals at the library...and to my surprise, they actually have a copy..so I put it on hold.

Here is another link,the art colony where she met her husband and Rilke.


07-24-2009, 06:10 PM
Ooh, I like the first and second painting a lot. I'll do them when I get back down to California. Thank you for the hosting, Janet.

07-27-2009, 08:39 AM
Oh, her story is so sad, but her face and paintings are beautiful. A earthy wholesomeness. The glory of a woman. The photo of her and Matildhe days before her death is one of the most beautiful things ever on this sorry beleagured planet.

07-27-2009, 03:14 PM
I think it was very hard to be a married woman artist in those days. Even though her husband was also an artist and should have been more supportive, I'll betcha his career came first. She did get to Paris for a while to study and devote herself to painting, but you can see from some of her paintings that she hoped for motherhood as well. Perhaps if she had lived longer she would have found a way to juggle both.

She haunts me. :heart:

07-27-2009, 07:55 PM
Definitely a painter filled with humanity...awesome!

07-29-2009, 06:09 AM
Wild Goose, you mentioned her in one of the threads. I had forgotten how much I liked her work. She got a lot of painting done in her short life.

07-30-2009, 09:44 AM

Study of 'child with goldfish bowl' by P. Modersohn-Becker.

Tempera grassa, 6 by 8 ins, hardboard panel.

Since its a study/copy, I'll probably leave it at this stage. It could take some more layers or maybe some glazing in oils...but not today!

I did this one becuase I liked the exotic imagery and colours. Kind of reminded me of Gauguin.;)

07-30-2009, 01:30 PM
This painting is great June...love the girl and the plants. I think PMB was very Gauguinish in her style too.

I'm working on a couple, with a few stops to air condition myself. In one spot of the room I'm nearly frozen and where I paint just barely cool. I spritz the paints then spritz myself. :heart:

08-03-2009, 10:41 AM
Got my book from the library today. PMB's letters and journals. even has pics of family and friends. Can hardly wait to get started. It's a pretty big book so I'm glad I can keep it out for a month.

Am going to work on my Paula copies today, after I pick up around here a bit.

08-03-2009, 11:29 AM
Well now.... I would like to see that book Trafford. You do dig out the most interesting research materials. I like PMB's work very much. I wonder if my library would get the book for me? What's the title and author and so forth...if you don't mind my asking!

I hope to add more paint to my study but goodness knows when. My head is spinning, in a nice way, with all our projects!

08-03-2009, 12:50 PM
nice one June, I liked that one too.

08-03-2009, 01:31 PM
"Paula Modersohn-Becker, The Letters and Journals" Edited by Gunter Busch and Liselotte van Reinken...edited and translated by Arthur S. Wensinger and Carole Clew Hoey..........Taplinger Publishing co., New York

My library got it from a college library in their network.

Just went into Amazon and it's really expensive, but to my surprise they have a bunch of books on her????

June, I love to do research...especially if it's art and artists (any kind of artists) My friends always have me looking up all sorts of stuff. :cool:

08-04-2009, 11:32 PM
Here's one. But I gotta tell ya that this was/is the most depressing piece I have ever done. I kept thinking how she must have done this days before she died. I wondered why the hand in the foreground looks purple? She looks almost dead here with her head in the shadow.

This is colored pencil. I tried to get a "real" black by layering but am dismal when it comes to colored pencil prowess

08-05-2009, 11:01 AM
Robin, It's a lovely picture and you captured it very well. I don't think it's depressing...it's just because we know what happened to her. I'm sorry that she makes you sad. Me too.

She did lots of paintings, studied in Paris and had the baby she wanted. Not too bad in a short life.

Here are mine...too hot in this room to dig up the originals..will post them later.



08-07-2009, 09:27 AM
Janet - I like how you copy but in your own style. I need to do more of that. Are these watercolor?

08-07-2009, 01:57 PM
Hi, Robin....It's acrylic. I'm afraid of watercolor :lol: Have to work more with it. Enjoyed this painter very much. I'm reading her letters and journal now. Her parents were very supportive of her art studies...surprising for that day and age. On to Cezanne. :heart:

08-07-2009, 02:16 PM
Thanks for the book info janet. I'll look her up on amazon too. My library might be able to order a book for me. I searched the library yesterday but nothing on her...but saw books on Mary Cassat. Isn't that just the way of it!

I like the mother & baby, Robin. They seem so entwined. And I like the little girl and the portrait, Janet. Both have a freshness and a feeling of introspection, I think.

08-13-2009, 05:14 PM
I am finally back for this thread after the move. Ah, I don't want to miss this. I had a chance to browse through around 15 pages of her paintings and wanted to do so many of them. There is something very simple about her art and yet very appealing. Very wholesome and country like. That requiem is really sad. This Rilke guy really loved her to the very end. How tragic and to die at such a young age.

Here is the one (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://images.artnet.com/artwork_images_171573_374058_resize_paula-modersohn-becker.asp%3Fwidth%3D130%26maxheight%3D130&imgrefurl=http://www.artnet.com/artist/11926/paula-modersohn-becker.html&usg=__QDmZswQmBtxnHr2ll10GhAZNCAg=&h=130&w=100&sz=14&hl=en&start=160&sig2=4zsBM6QzE1YG0cW4ZssyzA&tbnid=jhsR0bpuFHww2M:&tbnh=91&tbnw=70&prev=/images%3Fq%3DPaula%2BModersohn-Becker%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D140&ei=NH2ESueKC4HOsQOi1_SqBw) I copied. I used Derwent tinted Charcoal pencils and a slight wash here and there.


And the second one here is based on this piece here (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.bestpriceart.com/vault/cgfa_modersohn3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bestpriceart.com/painting/%3Fpid%3D60354&usg=__gnyWEpjd3Gz3qqi1zlFjEJOXUUk=&h=600&w=507&sz=89&hl=en&start=19&sig2=JAIWOuAyX2pwhdgF3PkoQA&tbnid=ofBk2pWHM09i4M:&tbnh=135&tbnw=114&prev=/images%3Fq%3DPaula%2BModersohn-Becker%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN&ei=qX6ESuiyJ5LStgOr27yuBw).

Cray-Pas Junior and Gallery oil pastels. I have to say this is the first time I seriously followed the painting as closely as possible not smudging it all over with impatience just because I like her work so much.


June, you have such a colorful rendition and a much light handed approach. Very nice.

Robin, your piece already has made it less depressing. The only time I could get a black background for colored pencils pieces are using Inktense's Ink Black or paint it with black Chinese ink all over at the back. I don't even try to use colored pencils. Even carbon pencil can't make it as black. You could always use charcoal and then smudge it all over and give a semblance of black.

Janet, you made the lady so inviting in the first one with the rose. Very cute!!!

08-13-2009, 08:13 PM
Sandra - thanks and both your pieces are thoughtful. The cloth over the shoulder in the black and white one is rendered nicely. Lots of texture variation, and good shading. The colored piece appears simple but is enjoyable to just linger over. The facial expression is great. She has all the mystery and reserve of a charming woman. The eyes look right at you.

That is one thing I need to study - How do you get eyes to look in a particular direction?

08-13-2009, 09:23 PM
Thank you, Robin, for your comment. I'm not very good with eyes. Just make sure they are the same on one side of the eye and put a small dot of highlight at the same positioning and then they are looking sideways.

08-13-2009, 11:29 PM
Lovely work Sandra. I love the colour portrait as you have given the lady a real presence.

08-14-2009, 09:25 PM
Thank you, June. I think I am gradually enjoying doing portraits in color thanks to all these old master challenges.

08-16-2009, 07:07 AM
Sandra, I like your portraits very much. The black and white captures the old woman's mood perfectely, and your pastel lady is very elegant.

I think this artist moved all of us a lot. :heart: