Mother and child
Paula Becker married Otto Modersohn in May 1901 and Paula became stepmother to Otto's two-year-old daughter, Elsbeth. On the night of 23rd February 1906 Paula stole away to Paris, leaving behind, forever as she supposed, her unhappy and unconsummated marriage. However in the September after much agonising, Paula agreed that Otto should join her in Paris. They became reconciled and in the spring of 1907 returned to their old home in Worpswede, northern Germany, and Paula was with child. She gave birth to a daughter, Mathilde, on 2nd November 1907. After a difficult confinement she was advised to stay in bed. After eighteen days, on 20th November, she was allowed to rise. Walking into the dining room, a coronary embolism caused her to fall to the floor. She only said, “What a pity” and died.
This print is pulled from an engraving cut from a sheet of rubber, a variation of letterpress. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the rubber sheet is then rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The technique does not accommodate reprinting, so the edition is forever fixed at 6 copies.
This print will fit straight into a 10x12 inch frame. The image is 5” x 5 ¼” with a 2 ½” margin at the top and sides and 4 ¼” at the bottom.
Black oil based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm