13 MAY–20 AUGUST 2023
Paula Modersohn-Becker
Female nude sitting on the ground, with a child on her lap, 1906
Charcoal, Private collection

Based on decades of research and the first exhibition of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s drawings in almost 50 years, the exhibition gathers 120 pieces demonstrating how works on paper played a decisive role in the development of the artist’s unique and modern visual language.

Highlighting and benefiting from the latest research, it coincides with the publication this year of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s works on paper catalogue raisonné after more than 30 years of meticulous enquiry and research led by Wolfgang Werner and Anne Röver-Kann.

Never-seen before or very rarely exhibited sketches, drawings, watercolors and pastels drawn from public and private collections illustrate each and every phase of the artist’s career and offer new insights into the way the German Expressionist painter Paula Modershon-Becker (1876-1907) developed her art. From her early years in drawing schools in London, Berlin and Worpswede, her emancipation from academicism in Paris, and her later “unpainted” pictures and preparatory studies. All phases of her career help to understand how the artist’s path to a final composition are reconstructed and grasped.