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Minna Hermine Paula Becker is born in Dresden on 8th February.

The family moves to Bremen

Stay in England with relatives, first lessons in drawing at the “St. John’s Wood Art School” London.

Seminar for women teachers in Bremen, in addition drawing lessons with the painter Bernhard Wiegandt.

April/May: course at the school of drawing and painting of the “Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen und Kunstfreundinnen” in Berlin, in October an eighteen months training period at the same school, Teachers are Jacob Alberts and Jeanna Bauck among others.

July/August: First stay in Worpswede.

April: Trip to Leipzig, visits Klinger’s studio.
September: move to Worpswede, lessons with Mackensen, friendship with Clara Westhoff.

December: Together with Marie Bock and Clara Westhoff Exhibition of some studies in the Kunsthalle Bremen, annihilating review from critic Arthur Fitger.

January to June: First stay in Paris with Clara Westhoff, Académie Colarossi. From july on in Worpswede. A group of friends meets at Vogeler’s “Barkenhoff”, among others Carl Hauptmann and Rainer Maria Rilke.
September: engagement with Otto Modersohn.

25th May: marriage with Otto Modersohn, who brings his daughter Elsbeth into the relationship. Trip to Berlin, Dresden, Schreiberhau, Prague, Munich.

Studio at Brünjes house in opposite to Barkenhoff.
Temporarily alienation from Rilke.

February/March: Second stay in Paris.

Summer trip to Berlin, Dresden, Kassel, Braunschweig.

February/April: Third stay in Paris. Académie Julian.
November: Visit K. E. Osthaus and his Folkwang-Museum in Hagen together with Vogelers.

February: Departure to Paris, she wants to leave Otto Modersohn. Gets to know Ellen Key and Bernhard Hoetger.
October: Otto Modersohn arrives in Paris to spend the winter there. Retrospective of Gauguin in the Salon d’Automne.

March: sees the Cézanne collection of Auguste Pellerin. Return to Worpswede.
2nd November: Birth of daughter Mathilde.
20th November: Death of an embolism.

Memorial exhibition in Bremen, Kunsthalle; Berlin, Kunstsalon Paul Cassirer; Dresden, Galerie Arnold.

Memorial exhibition in Hagen, Folkwang-Museum; Munich, Neuer Kunstsalon; Jena, Kunstverein; Elberfeld, in the house of von der Heydt; Bremen, Kunsthalle.
The collectors Herbert von Garvens-Garvensburg, Karl-Ernst Osthaus, August Freiherr von der Heydt as well as Bernhard Hoetger and Heinrich Vogeler acquireed the most important works. Later Hermann Bahlsen and Ludwig Roselius started their collections.

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Paula Modersohn-Becker on front of the landscape of Worpswede, 1905

Paula Becker with Clara Westhoff in Paula Beckers studio, c. 1899

Paula Modersohn-Becker, OM and Elsbeth at the Barkenhoff, c. 1904

Paula Modersohn-Becker in her studio at Brünjes, 1905

Paula Modersohn-Becker with her daughter Tille, November 1907
(Foto Hugo Erfurth)