Portrait of a Peasant Woman (Girl with Nose) (Bildnis einer Bäuerin [Mädchen mit Nase])
Paula Modersohn-Becker was an innovative painter and self-portraitist of the Worpswede artist colony in northern Germany. As her unsentimental, distilled style evolved, her husband, a more traditional artist, lamented her tendency to draw figures with “hands like spoons” and “noses like cobs.” Sitting somewhere between portraiture and caricature, this etching is an introspective work that subverts the fin de siècle trope of depicting women as idealized embodiments of nature.
Etching and aquatint on wove paper
1899-1902, printed 1922-1923 in Worpswede
image: 3 15/16 × 5 1/2 in. (10 × 14 cm)
sheet: 6 15/16 × 8 7/8 in. (17.6 × 22.5 cm) (show scale)
Verso stamped lower left in black: "F/R" (F.G. Rice, Lugt 1042a); verso stamped: "Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn, N.Y." (Lugt 307a)
Signed, "Paula Modersohn- Becker" signed by otto Modersohn and the printer
Bottom left in graphite: "No. 3/f/ Paula Modersohn-Becker. O. Modersohn"; bottom right in graphite (faint): "c. 593."
Frederick Loeser Fund
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Paula Modersohn-Becker (German, 1876-1907). Portrait of a Peasant Woman (Girl with Nose) (Bildnis einer Bäuerin [Mädchen mit Nase]), 1899-1902, printed 1922-1923 in Worpswede. Etching and aquatint on wove paper, image: 3 15/16 × 5 1/2 in. (10 × 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frederick Loeser Fund, 51.150.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.150.1_bw_IMLS.jpg)
overall, 51.150.1_bw_IMLS.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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