Head of a Girl, Paula Modersohn-Becker
Paula Modersohn-Becker
Head of a Girl
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Paula Modersohn-Becker

Head of a Girl, ca. 1906


Dimensions
24.5 x 21.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1138
Acquisition
Acquired in 1953
Status
On display

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About the Work

The girl stares unblinkingly past the viewer. There is no sparkle in her eyes, no smile on her lips as her sideways glance withdraws from the intimacy of the image detail. The child's unapproachability is reflected in the simplified forms: her face is positioned like a circle frontally in the rectangular frame. The closed, geometric structure of the picture lacks any narrative element, and so the girl remains caught in her earnest silence. Instead of an idealised portrait of a child, Modersohn-Becker, whose formal reduction was strongly influenced by Cézanne and Gauguin, shows an enigmatic individual.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Head of a Girl
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1953

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth)
  • 31A221(+1) head (human) (+ front view)
  • 31AA241(+1) head in normal upright position - AA - female human figure (+ front view)

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20.08.2019