DRAWING WITH PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER
4 June, 2007 Exhibition »We are Paula«, Artists Residence Worpswede
The séance with Paula Modersohn-Becker, the icon of the German
Modernism, had been scheduled on the jubilee exhibition in Worpswede. Here Paula Modersohn-Becker spent the largest part of her life.
During the séance, a portrait of the painter was symbolically placed on an easel. The solemnly sacred atmosphere, verging on absurd, was enhanced by the light of the candles before her portrait. The art historian present respectfully asked the artist whether she liked her own museum, which had been founded shortly after her death. Finally the talk turned to a picture which was apparently lost during the Second World War. The saucer, undoubtedly moved by the spirit of the artist, pointed to the letters spelling the last name of one of the villagers...
When questioned whether she would like to make some sketches, Paula Modersohn-Becker eagerly moved the saucer to the »Yes« mark. She chose a black pencil from among the coal, felt tip pens and other art supplies spread out over the table. She then pointed to the person whose hand would execute the drawing. Several portraits were drawn that have joined the large collection of »Unknown Masterpieces«.