Paula and Elsbeth (2016)
Other Print by Peter Long


  • Other Print, Paper
  • From a limited edition of 5
  • Size: 10 × 12 in (unframed) / 5 × 5.6 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the front

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Peter Long

United Kingdom

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In June 1900, Helene Modersohn, the young wife of the German artist Otto Modersohn, died. She left Otto with a child from the marriage, their young daughter Elsbeth. The following year he married a friend of the family, Paula Becker, and Paula became Elsbeth's mother. Paula had longed for a child of her own and many of her paintings show her deep communion with mother and child. However, having lost his first wife, Otto dreaded the dangers of childbirth and declined to consummate his marriage to Paula. The couple drifted apart but in 1907 they were reconciled and Paula became pregnant and gave birth to their daughter Mathilde on 2nd November. Then only eighteen days later, Paula died.

Who knows who they will spend their life with? The strongest bond between people is always made in the heart, and the Lord god will put all sorts of people there - if we will allow him.

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 rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The variation does not practically allow a second edition, so the total number of prints in this case is closed at five and the plate is discarded.

The print comprises oil-based black ink on high quality acid free paper. It should present no difficulty from fading and will fit straight into a standard 10x12 inch frame.

Materials used:

black oil-based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm

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