8th of February 1876
, German Expressionist artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, the first recognised European modern female artist to paint the female nude, was born in Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Germany. Becker grew up in a well-to-do, cultured family in Dresden, was privately art tutored in Worpswede, London, Bremen and at the Académie Colarossi in Paris, trained under Mackensen, Vogeler and made close friends with sculptor Clara Westhoff and the poet R. M. Rilke. She initially studied realism and naturalism, but later moved towards fauvism and expressionism. She died tragically of a post-birth leg embolism at the young age of 31. Largely unknown at the time of her death, her vast and quirky correspondence collection was discovered and published, bringing her life and art into the limelight.
Becker often displayed primitivist tendencies in her raw, pasty style of painting. Heavy shapes, thick fauve-style outlines, matt colour (mainly water pigments rather than…