Modersohn-Becker, Paula

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Modersohn-Becker, Paula Gender: F
Paula Hermina Becker
born on 8 February 1876 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )
Place Dresden, Germany, 51n03, 13e44
Timezone LMT m13e44 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Muller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 19°02' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 00°57 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 27°34'

Paula Modersohn-Becker


German painter who was one of the most important representatives of early Expressionism. In a brief career, cut short by postpartum embolism at the age of 31, she created a number of groundbreaking images of great intensity. She is recognized as the first known female painter to paint nude self-portraits. Using bold forays into subject matter and chromatic colour choices, she and fellow artists Picasso and Matisse introduced the world to modernism at the start of the twentieth century.

In 1901 Paula married painter Otto Modersohn and became stepmother to Otto's two-year-old daughter, Elsbeth Modersohn, the child from his first marriage. On 2 November 1907 she gave birth to a daughter, Mathilde. After the pregnancy, she complained of severe leg pain, so the physician ordered bed rest. After 18 days he told her to get up and begin moving, but apparently, a thrombus had formed in her leg, and with her mobility, broke off and then caused her death within hours, on 20 November 1907. She was 31.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1901 (Otto Modersohn)

Source Notes

Originally the data was quoted from Arno Muller (vol. 3). In April 2020, Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry (no. 320) from Dresden archives and upgraded the rating to BC/BR in hand.

Previously Scholfield quoted same data from Dresdener Kunstblätter, Volumes 28-30 (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 1984), p. 10: "In dem genannten Eckhaus wurde Paula Becker am Vormittag des 8. Februar 1876 um dreiviertel elf Uhr geboren. Der Brief, den Mathilde Becker ihrem dritten Kind anläßlich seines 30. Geburtstages im Februar 1906 schrieb, stellt in seiner anschaulichen Schilderung der mitunter recht dramatischen Umstände einer Hausgeburt ein kulturgeschichtliches Dokument besonderer Art dar." Translation: In that corner Paula Becker was born on the morning of 8 February 1876 at a quarter to eleven. The letter Mathilde Becker wrote to her third child on her 30th birthday in February 1906 provides in its vivid portrayal of the sometimes quite dramatic circumstances of a home birth, a cultural and historical document of a special kind.


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of seven)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Otto Modersohn)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)