The Woman with the Goose, Paula Modersohn-Becker
Paula Modersohn-Becker
The Woman with the Goose
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Paula Modersohn-Becker

The Woman with the Goose, 1902

220 x 308 mm
129 x 178 mm
Physical Description
Colour etching with aquatint and roulette from a single plate in two printings in bluish green over light brown, hand-coloured with brush in red, on laid paper
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68009 D
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

The old women from the Worpswede poorhouse had been a source of inspiration for Modersohn-Becker’s drawings, paintings, and prints since 1898. In this etching, the tight framing lends the old woman walking with a stick an immediate presence. Modersohn-Becker depicted her with a nearly block-like corporeality. At the same time, she processed the printing plate in such a way that the figure’s contours and face seem to be blurred by a kind of fog. The goose, on the other hand, which takes its colour directly from the blank paper, has surprisingly sharp contours. It owes its bright red beak and feet to accents added with a brush.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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