This print is based upon an enigmatic self-portrait by the German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) of her 6th wedding anniversary. She was 30 when she made the painting on 25th May 1906.
Paula stands alone, stripped to the waist, like a workman ready for action. On 23rd February 1906 she had left her husband, Otto Modersohn, to join her close friend, the sculptor Clara Westhoff, in Paris. She wrote, “Now I have left Otto Modersohn, I stand between my old life and my new one…Everything must happen now.” At this time Paula was not pregnant, her painting is both a statement and a riddle.
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.
Black oil based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm