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Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker (February 8, 1876 – November 21, 1907) was a German painter and one of the most important representatives of early expressionism. In a brief career, cut short by an embolism at the age of 31, she created a number of groundbreaking images of great intensity.

Paula Becker was born and grew up in Dresden-Friedrichstadt. She was the third child of seven children in her family. Her father who was the son of a Russian university professor, was employed with the German railway. He and Modersohn-Becker's mother, who was from an aristocratic family, provided the children a cultured and intellectual environment in the house hold.

In 1888 her parents moved from Dresden to Bremen. While visiting an aunt in London, England, she received her first instruction in drawing. Apart from her teacher's training in Bremen in 1893–1895, Paula took private instruction in painting. In 1896 she participated in a course for painting and drawing sponsored by the "Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen" (Union of Berlin Female Artists) which offered art studies to women.

At the age of 22, she encountered the artistic community of Worpswede. In this "village", artists such as Fritz Mackensen (1866–1953) and Heinrich Vogeler (1872–1942) had retreated to protest against the domination of the art academy and life in the big city. At Worpswede, Paula Modersohn-Becker took painting lessons from Mackensen. The main subjects were the life of the farmers and the northern German landscape. At this time she began close friendships with the sculptor Clara Westhoff (1875–1954) and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). She also fell in love during this period, and in 1901 she married a fellow Worpswede painter, Otto Modersohn. In marrying Otto, she also became a stepmother to Otto's daughter, Elsbeth Modersohn, the child from his first marriage to Helene Modersohn, then deceased.

Between 1900 and 1907, Paula made several extended trips to Paris for artistic purposes, sometimes living separately from her husband, Otto. During one of her residencies in Paris, she took courses at the École des Beaux-Arts. She visited contemporary exhibitions often, and was particularly intrigued with the work of Paul Cézanne. Other post impressionists were especially influential, including Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Fauve influences may also appear in such works as Poorhouse Woman with a Glass Bottle. The influence by the work of French painter, Jean-François Millet, who was widely admired among the artists in the Worpswede group, may be seen in such pieces as her 1900 Peat Cutters.

In her last trip to Paris in 1906, she produced a body of paintings from which she felt very great excitement and satisfaction. During this period of painting, she produced her initial nude self-portraits (something surely unprecedented by a female painter) and portraits of friends such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Werner Sombart. Some critics consider this period of her art production to be the strongest and most compelling.

In 1907, Paula Modersohn-Becker returned to her husband in Worpswede. Their relationship, which had been particularly strained in 1906, had taken a turn towards improvement. Paula's long-lived wish to conceive and bear a child was fulfilled. Her daughter Mathilde (Tillie) Modersohn was born on November 2, 1907. Paula and Otto were joyous. Sadly, the joy became soon overshadowed by tragedy, as Paula Modersohn-Becker died suddenly in Worpswede on November 20 from an embolism.

In 1908, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote the renowned poem, "Requiem for a Friend", in Paula's memory. The poem was born of the imprint that Paula's life, death and friendship left upon Rilke.

Luis Cornejo

Luis Cornejo (El Salvador, 1979) studied at the School of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany, and at the School of Fine Arts at the University of El Salvador.

He has exhibited individually and collectively in Central America, The United States, Canada and Germany.

Cornejo creates his paintings using as models pictures from magazines, advertising and the internet, fusing them with elements of cartoons, comics and video game characters, in order to create hybrids; hybrids that vanish that diffuse boundary that now exists between the real and the imaginary, between the real and recreated.

Elaine Stolt

" I find that I am greatly influenced by my past and find inspiration in everyday objects. I try to convey a sense of peacefulness and tranquility in my artwork. "

I strive to capture the inner essence of my subjects in a truthful and painterly way. Working in oils from life allows me to find the truth in nature in a harmonious manner.

I grew up in an artistic family in Tampa, Florida and was always encouraged to explore my creative side. Although I have taken many art classes and workshops my art took on a more serious dedication when I returned to the US in 2005, having lived abroad in Europe and Asia for almost 20 years. I enrolled at the prestigious school of realism, The Atelier Program of Studio Art, located in Minneapolis, MN, completing the program in 2009.

Recipient of awards for both my portraits and still lifes, I currently paint full time out of my studio in Skanör, Sweden.

Teresa N Fischer

Teresa N. Fischer was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1971.

Teresa recalls the magic of childhood and yesterday in her finely
detailed oil paintings. She combines familiar yet surprising elements
in varied combinations to tell a playful visual story. She sets the stage,
adjusts the lighting, and creates the shadows that add to the drama.
She rekindles that childlike feeling while she plans out compositions.
She takes the nostalgic object and gives it a moment in the spot light.

She is influenced by such masters as
John Singer Sargent, Edmund Tarbell, Ingres, Alma-Tadema,
Robert Vickrey, and Kit Williams.


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