Dear Friend

Dear Friend

Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker

by Eric Torgersen

Imprint: Northwestern University Press

276 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780810118195
  • Published: April 2000


In 1908, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote "Requiem for a Friend" in memory of Paula Modersohn-Becker, the German painter who had profoundly affected him and who had died a year earlier. Although a great modern painter, Modersohn-Becker is remembered primarily as she is portrayed in Rilke's poem. Dear Friend looks at the relationship of two great artists whose often-strained friendship was extraordinary for both.

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