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Making Modernism: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin

4 November 2022

The Royal Academy in London explores the central role of women artists in the creation of German Expressionism (12 November–12 February 2023). Shining a light on the work of Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin, the show reveals how these artists, though less well-known than their male contemporaries such as Franz Marc or Wassily Kandinsky, were central to the development of avant-garde ideas. The exhibition considers how each of these artists sought to reframe traditional subjects such as self-portraiture, the female body, still-life and landscape. Highlights include Werefkin’s haunting painting Twins (1909), for which she drew inspiration from Gauguin and Japanese ukiyo–e prints, as well as Modersohn-Becker’s tender Girl with Child (1902). Find out more from the Royal Academy’s website.

Girl with Child (1902), Paula Modersohn-Becker. Kunstmuseum Den Haag

Twins (1909), Marianne Werefkin. Fondazione Marianna Werefkin, Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Ascona