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Paula Modersohn-Becker

La Boétie Gallery

Much less familiar was a group of things by Paula Modersohn-Becker at La Boétie, consisting of some drawings, a couple of paintings, and all the etchings (twenty-odd) that she is known to have done. Modersohn-Becker died in 1907 at the age of 31 in Worpswede, one of the many colonies that sprang up as a result of the stimulus of the arts and crafts movement and that seem very actual in a day of communes, natural foods, and love instead of war; her entry into the annals of history probably came about through her friendship with Clara Westhoff, the wife of Rilke, who for a time also lived at Worpswede, although in fact the interest of her work is quite independent of this circumstance.

The drawings in this show, which are not especially interesting, are done in a realistic vein and often have social implications—if they had been French, one would have thought of Carrière, especially as the

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