Germany is celebrating Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907), an important representative of early expressionism, on the 100th anniversary of her death. From 1906 to 1907, she painted nude self-portraits, at that time an unprecedented opus by a female painter.

Her work inspired me to compare female nudity seen through her eyes in 1906/07 to those painted by males between 1918 and 1570 – Modigliani, Gauguin, Renoir and Tintoretto.

I. Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (1918) Paula Modersohn-Becker (1906)


II. Eugene Henri Paul Gauguin (1891/94) and Paula Modersohn-Becker (1906)


III. Tintoretto (1570) and Paula Modersohn Becker (1906)


IV. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1875) and Paula Modersohn Becker (1907)

In response to the first comment, I am adding two pictures:

Angela Ferreira – ‘Punica Malum’ 2007 and

Henri Rousseau – ‘The Dream’ 1910


Any further comments?