Being Here

Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781925410846
Release Date: 2017-07-03
Genre: Art

‘A luminous tale about the courage of the lone female artist.’ Joan London Born in Germany in 1876, Paula Modersohn-Becker was the first female artist to paint herself not only naked but pregnant. Being Here is a moving account of the life of this ground-breaking Expressionist painter, by the acclaimed French writer Marie Darrieussecq. As her art evolves, Paula is torn between Paris and her home in northern Germany. In Paris she can focus on her work, and mix with artists like Rodin and Monet, or her close friend the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. But Germany is home, and that’s where her painter husband Otto lives. Darrieussecq thrillingly describes Paula’s discovery of her style and choice of subjects—women, babies, domestic life. She tells the story of her fraught marriage, her ambivalence about combining her passion for her career as an artist with motherhood. And she recounts her tragic death at thirty-one, days after giving birth. Marie Darrieussecq is a French writer born in Bayonne in 1969. Her first novel, Pig Tales, was published in 1996 and subsequently translated into thirty-five languages. She has written some fifteen books for adults, including novels, short fiction, a play, and nonfiction works. In 2013 she was awarded both the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix for her novel Men. Being Here, her biography of Paula Modersohn-Becker, was released in 2017. She is a regular contributor to contemporary art magazines in France and Britain and also writes for Libération and Charlie Hebdo. She lives in Paris. ‘Marie Darrieussecq reads the testament of Modersohn-Becker—the letters, the diaries, and above all the paintings—with a burning intelligence and a fierce hold on what it meant and means to be a woman and an artist.’ J.M. Coetzee ‘There are few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them.’ The Times ‘The internationally celebrated author who illuminates those parts of life other writers cannot or do not want to reach.’ Independent ‘An allusive short memoir that reads like a novel.’ Australian ‘Penny Hueston’s translation from the original French, reads strangely—and in a good way—like true crime...Heartbreaking.’ West Australian ‘A brief, powerful artistic life that went painfully unrewarded—until after the painter’s death.’ Julian Barnes, Best Summer Holiday Reads, Guardian UK ‘A vividly empathetic impressionist collage...This lively, attractive book is an excellent introduction to [Modersohn-Becker’s] world and her astonishing achievement.’ New Zealand Listener

Being Here Is Everything

Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9781635900088
Release Date: 2017-10-20
Genre: Art

First published in France in 2016, Being Here Is So Much traces the short, obscure, and prolific life of the German expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876--1907). In a brief career, cut short by her death from an embolism at the age of thirty-one, shortly after she gave birth to a child, Modersohn-Becker trained in Germany, traveled often to Paris, developed close friendships with the sculptor Clara Westhoff and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and became one of her generation's preeminent artists, helping introduce modernity to the twentieth century alongside such other painters as Picasso and Matisse. Marie Darrieussecq's triumphant and illuminating biography at once revives Modersohn-Becker's reputation as a significant figure in modernism and sheds light on the extreme difficulty women have faced in attaining recognition and establishing artistic careers.

Being Here

Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781925498608
Release Date: 2017-07-03
Genre: Art

• An unconventional biography of the German expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker by one of France's most acclaimed literary talents • Once overlooked by art historians, Modersohn-Becker was a bold and remarkable woman who challenged conventions both at home and in her art • In her characteristically elliptical, probing prose, Darrieussecq depicts a vivid portrait of Paula as a young woman and artist, her troubled marriage, ongoing struggles with poverty, the sense of conflict she felt between creativity and motherhood, and her tragic death at 31, just days after giving birth • Modersohn-Becker wrote hundreds of letters and maintained a diary throughout her short lifetime and Darrieussecq imbues Being Here with direct quotations from Paula's own writings • Today, Modersohn-Becker is widely recognised as the first female painter to paint female nudes, while she and fellow artists Picasso and Matisse are credited as having introduced the world to modernism in the early twentieth century • ‘Marie Darrieussecq reads the testament of Modersohn-Becker—the letters, the diaries, and above all the paintings—with a burning intelligence and a fierce hold on what it meant and means to be a woman and an artist.’ J. M. Coetzee

Paula Modersohn Becker

Author: Diane Radycki
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300185300
Release Date: 2013-04-30
Genre: Art

DIVA major new look at the life and career of a pioneering woman artist/div

Dear Friend

Author: Eric Torgersen
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 081011819X
Release Date: 2000-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"In 1908, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote his "Requiem for a Friend" in memory of Paula Modersohn-Becker, the German painter who had had a profound effect on him, both personally and artistically, and who had died a year earlier. Modersohn-Becker, despite being one of the great modern painters, is today remembered primarily as she is portrayed in that poem. In Dear Friend, Eric Torgersen looks at the relationship of these two great artists whose vexed seven-year friendship was extraordinarily productive for both, and offers an introduction to the life and work of Modersohn-Becker, a gifted and determined woman whose work stands comparison with that of any painter of her day." "Included in the book are sixteen illustrations as well as new translations by Torgersen of Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend" and of the love poems Rilke wrote for Becker shortly after they met. Torgersen discusses Modersohn-Becker's vital paintings, including her unfinished portrait of Rilke. He quotes extensively from the letters and journals of both figures, translating many of Rilke's into English for the first time. Finally, Torgersen addresses the unanswered question of whether the two were ever lovers, and offers new insights into Rilke's writing of "Requiem for a Friend.""--Jacket.

Paula Modersohn Becker

Author: Averil King
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Ltd
ISBN: UOM:39015080867198
Release Date: 2009-04-25
Genre: Art

The innovative, highly original work of Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) helped pave the way for modern art in Europe. In recognition of her achievements the first museum in the world devoted to the work of a woman artist, the Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Mu

Broad Strokes

Author: Bridget Quinn
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452152837
Release Date: 2017-03-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Historically, major women artists have been excluded from the mainstream art canon. Aligned with the resurgence of feminism in pop culture, Broad Strokes offers an entertaining corrective to that omission. Art historian Bridget Quinn delves into the lives and careers of 15 female artists from around the globe in text that's smart, feisty, educational, and an enjoyable read. Replete with beautiful reproductions of the artists' works and contemporary portraits of each artist by renowned illustrator Lisa Congdon, this is art history from the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism for the modern art lover, reader, and feminist.

Men

Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781922253538
Release Date: 2016-05-02
Genre: Fiction

Winner Prix Médicis, Prix des Prix, 2013 The French title of Men plays on a quote by Marguerite Duras: We have to love men a lot. A lot, a lot. Love them a lot in order to love them. Otherwise it's impossible, we couldn’t bear them.’ With her characteristic intensity, edginess and humour, Marie Darrieussecq explores female desire, what it means to be a woman. Solange was a provincial teenager in All the Way; now in her thirties, she’s not a great mother, is a mediocre actress, but in Hollywood she falls for a charismatic actor, Kouhouesso, who wants to direct a movie of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness—in Africa. He’s black; she’s white—what’s the difference when it comes to love, she wonders? Solange follows her man to Africa, determined to play a main role in both his film and his affections. But nothing goes to plan in this brilliantly droll examination of romance, movie-making and clichés about race relations. After all, there’s no guarantee you’ll be loved by the one you love. Personal and political, passionate and engaged, Men is a novel that will make you see things differently. Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. Her debut novel, Pig Tales was published in thirty-four countries. Five other novels have also been translated into English including A Brief Stay with the Living, Tom is Dead and All the Way. Marie Darrieussecq lives in Paris. ‘There are few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them.’ The Times ‘The internationally celebrated author who illuminates those parts of life other writers cannot or do not want to reach.’ Independent ‘Compelling…Anyone who has experienced heartbreak will relate…A moody, powerful book.’ Age/Sydney Morning Herald ‘As a chronicle of the humiliations and occasional joys of loving someone whose own feelings are more ambiguous, though, it feels queasily accurate...A sometimes biting, often sharply observed take on a relationship one would surely rather read about than be part of.’ Kirkus ‘This is an atmospheric novel, written in prose that is at once evocative and compulsive...For those in the market for a nuanced and thought-provoking dissection of race and gender relations and who are willing to risk being infuriated, Men is an easy and engaging read.’ NZ Listener

Flesh of My Flesh

Author: Kaja Silverman
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 080477336X
Release Date: 2009-10-28
Genre: Art

What is a woman? What is a man? How do they—and how should they—relate to each other? Does our yearning for "wholeness" refer to something real, and if there is a Whole, what is it, and why do we feel so estranged from it? For centuries now, art and literature have increasingly valorized uniqueness and self-sufficiency. The theoreticians who loom so large within contemporary thought also privilege difference over similarity. Silverman reminds us that this is but half the story, and a dangerous half at that, for if we are all individuals, we are doomed to be rivals and enemies. A much older story, one that prevailed through the early modern era, held that likeness or resemblance was what organized the universe, and that everything emerges out of the same flesh. Silverman shows that analogy, so discredited by much of twentieth-century thought, offers a much more promising view of human relations. In the West, the emblematic story of turning away is that of Orpheus and Eurydice, and the heroes of Silverman's sweeping new reading of nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture, the modern heirs to the old, analogical view of the world, also gravitate to this myth. They embrace the correspondences that bind Orpheus to Eurydice and acknowledge their kinship with others past and present. The first half of this book assembles a cast of characters not usually brought together: Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Marcel Proust, Lou-Andréas Salomé, Romain Rolland, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wilhelm Jensen, and Paula Modersohn-Becker. The second half is devoted to three contemporary artists, whose works we see in a moving new light:Terrence Malick, James Coleman, and Gerhard Richter.

Pig Tales

Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher:
ISBN: 1565844424
Release Date: 1998-04
Genre: Fiction

A young woman who lands a position at a beauty parlor enjoys great success until she slowly metamorphoses into a pig

Emil Nolde

Author: Averil King
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
ISBN: 9781781300077
Release Date: 2013-05-28
Genre: Art

The celebrated German Expressionist, Emil Nolde (1867–1956), created vivid and passionate oils and watercolors. Often incorporating vibrant colors and elements of fantasy, these paintings quickly imprint themselves on the viewer's mind. His graphic works, especially his etchings, have a delicacy and originality distinguishing them from those of his contemporaries. This introduction to his work, the first in English, sets him in his time and place for readers unfamiliar with his oeuvre. Averil King's perceptive and wide-ranging text investigates the themes that preoccupied the man and the influences that shaped his art.

Our Life in the Forest

Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781925626766
Release Date: 2018-07-30
Genre: Fiction

In the near future, a woman is writing in the depths of a forest. She’s cold. Her body is falling apart, as is the world around her. She’s lost the use of one eye; she’s down to one kidney, one lung. Before, in the city, she was a psychotherapist, treating patients who had suffered trauma, in particular a man, “the clicker”. Every two weeks, she travelled out to the Rest Centre, to visit her “half”, Marie, her spitting image, who lay in an induced coma, her body parts available whenever the woman needed them. As a form of resistance against the terror in the city, the woman flees, along with other fugitives and their halves. But life in the forest is disturbing too—the reanimated halves are behaving like uninhibited adolescents. And when she sees a shocking image of herself on video, are her worst fears confirmed? Our Life in the Forest, written in her inimitable concise, vivid prose recalls Darrieusecq’s brilliant debut, Pig Tales. A dystopian tale in the vein of Never Let Me Go, this is a clever novel of chilling suspense that challenges our ideas about the future, about organ-trafficking, about identity, clones, and the place of the individual in a surveillance state. Marie Darrieussecq is a French writer born in Bayonne in 1969. Her first novel, Pig Tales, was published in 1996 and subsequently translated into thirty-five languages. She has written some fifteen books for adults, including novels, short fiction, a play, and nonfiction works. In 2013 she was awarded both the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix for her novel Men. Being Here, her biography of Paula Modersohn-Becker, was released in 2016. She is a regular contributor to contemporary art magazines in France and Britain and also writes for Libération and Charlie Hebdo. She lives in Paris. ‘The reader will be captivated by Darrieussecq’s hypnotic style.’ Le Monde ‘The title could be “Our Life in the Future”, but reducing this book to a dystopian tale is doing it a disservice...A journal from beyond the grave, as time runs out...And a profound novel about loneliness.’ Libération ‘In this exceptional novel, the author of Pig Tales describes a world in the future where surveillance is omnipresent and clones rule...An unusual, strange book.’ L’Observateur ‘A disturbing dystopian tale in which tragedy and irony work together...Ingeniously and brilliantly, Marie Darrieussecq’s sparkling tale adds to the classics of futuristic fiction. Even more profound than the social and political resonance of this novel is the theme of loneliness.’ Télérama ‘In this brilliantly executed dystopia, Marie Darrieussecq writes with rare skill about the concerns of our time—the senseless destruction of the planet and transhumanist madness. Outstanding.’ Le Matin Dimanche ‘Who would have thought Marie Darrieussecq would write a thriller? This brief, feminist and political novel is perhaps her most inventive...With wit and elegance, the author takes us into a narrative full of tension, and with the same humour as in Pig Tales. Once again, she creates an absurd world, and denounces the failings of our society.’ Les Inrockuptibles ‘Once again, Darrieusecq gives us a passionate investigation into the deficiencies, transformations and lapses in our humanity...A little like Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, she shows how literature is our best means to disrupt functionality. Focus Vif

You Must Change Your Life The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

Author: Rachel Corbett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393245066
Release Date: 2016-09-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Winner of the 2016 Marfield Prize In 1902, Rainer Maria Rilke—then a struggling poet in Germany—went to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rilke in his twenties, delicate and unknown; Rodin in his sixties, carnal and revered. Yet they fell into an instantaneous friendship. Transporting readers to early twentieth-century Paris, Rachel Corbett’s You Must Change Your Life is a vibrant portrait of Rilke and Rodin and their circle, revealing how deeply Rodin’s ideas about art and creativity influenced Rilke’s classic Letters to a Young Poet.

A Colour for Solitude

Author: Sujata Bhatt
Publisher: Carcanet Press
ISBN: STANFORD:36105025946307
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Literary Criticism

This sequence of poems takes the reader into the early 20th century, to Northern Germany where a group of artists founded a colony in Worpswede, a rural community near Bremen. Fascinated by the number of self-portraits, Sujata Bhatt imagines the painters' inner and outer worlds.

Girl in White

Author: Sue Hubbard
Publisher: Cinnamon Press
ISBN: 1907090681
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Biographical fiction

The extraordinary and moving story of Paula Mendershohn-Becker told from the fictionalised perspective of her daughter Mathilde. Denounced as degenerate by the Nazis, after her death, Sue Hubbard has drawn on Becker's diaries and paintings to bring to life the artist's intense relationship with the poet Rilke and her struggle to find a balance between being a painter, wife and mother. -- Welsh Books Council