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1) Paula Modersohn-Becker, born in Dresden, German Empire on February 8, 1876 to November 20, 1907 (age 31), was a German painter & one of the most important representatives of early expressionism.
2) Her career was cut short when she died from postpartum embolism at the age of 31. She is recognized as the first known female painter to paint nude self-portraits.
3) She was an important member of the early 20th century modernism movement. In 1898, age 22, she immersed herself in the artistic community of Worpswede where artists fought against art academy style.
4) Becker was trained in the methods of realism and naturalism, along with a recognizable simplicity of form. She was able to achieve a distinct texture to her work by scratching into the wet paint.
5) She later abandoned those techniques to move into Fauvism. She made 6 extended trips to Paris for artistic purposes & produced a series of paintings & felt great excitement & satisfaction at this time
6) The life of Paula Modersohn-Becker is fictionalized in Sue Hubbard's 2012 novel, Girl in White. She was also the subject of a 2016 German biographical film called Paula.
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