The Letters and Journals

The Letters and Journals

Paula Modersohn-Becker

One of the great modern painters, Paula Modersohn-Becker was also a gifted writer who left behind journals and a sizable correspondence. This edition includes every extant letter, all carefully annotated, and is illustrated with forty-six black-and-white plates.

About the Author

Paula Modersohn-Becker (February 8, 1876 – November 21, 1907) was a German painter and one of the most important representatives of early expressionism. In a brief career, cut short by an embolism at the age of 31, she created a number of groundbreaking images of great intensity.

Günter Busch is the director of the Bremen Art Institute; Liselotte von Reinken is the former cultural editor of Radio Bremen; Arthur S. Wensinger is chairman of the Department of German Language and Literature at Wesleyan University.

Carole Clew Hoey is a former newspaper reporter and administrator at Wesleyan University.

"An individual history so potently expressive of a wider general condition that the life assumes the proportions of a monument or of a significant work of art. . . . [The book's] appeal is in the quintessentially human dilemma it poses, which any reader must share. Paula Modersohn-Becker's letters and journals present us with a stunning insight into a struggle of intense interest for her time and for our own." --New York Times Book Review
"The publication of this comprehensive, well-translated, superbly edited and annotated edition is a major event in art book publishing." --Publishers Weekly