Paula Modersohn-Becker Celebrated by Google Doodle

The German expressionist, Paula Modersohn-Becker was born in 1876. She made bold choices on her subject matter at a time when there were strict expectations put on women. She is respected as the first female painter to paint nude self-portraits while other female artists did not widely use female nudes as the subject of their paintings. She in addition painted women breastfeeding their children.

Modersohn-Becker isn’t as famous as fellow artists like Pablo Picasso or Henri Matisse, but her intense images helped introduce the world to modernism during her brief career. To commemorate her contributions to art, Google dedicated its Doodle on Thursday to Modersohn-Becker on her 142nd birthday.

Her most productive years were 1906 & 1907, right before her death later that year, as a result of an embolism that formed in her leg after she gave birth to her daughter. She was 31 years old.

The Doodle mimics her artistic style depicting domestic subjects and was illustrated by Berlin-based duo Golden Cosmos.


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