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Paula Modersohn-Becker

1876 — 1907

Why do Expressionists die young?

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"If I could really paint! A month ago I was so sure of what I wanted. Inside me I saw it out there, walked around with it like a queen, and was blissful. Now the veils have fallen again, gray veils, hiding the whole idea of me. I stand like a beggar at the door, shivering in the cold, pleading to be let in. It is hard to move patiently, step by step, when one is young and demanding…. …I walk along the boulevards and crowds of people pass by and something inside me cries out, ‘I still have such beautiful things before me. None of you, not one, has such things’ And then it cries, ‘When will it come? Soon?"

— Paula Modersohn Becker on her inspiration during her stay in Paris: an excerpt of her Journal, Worpswede 1897; as quoted in ‘Voicing our visions, – Writings by women artists’; ed. Mara R. Witzling, Universe New York, 1991, p. 19.

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