Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Spontaneous reactions to paintings by Paula Modersohn-Becker

On Sunday at the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Bremen, I had two spontaneous responses to paintings, one silly, one more serious. When I first saw Modersohn-Becker's 1897 painting "Mädchen mit Feuerlilien" out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was a painting of Emma Watson as Hermione Granger right after she conjured up birds in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". More seriously, when I first saw Modersohn-Becker's 1906 painting "Selbstbildnis nach halbrechts, die Hand am Kinn", it seemed like an optical illusion going back and forth between a self-portrait and a woman holding a mask up to her face (as in Edgar Rubin's image of vase or faces). (Andrew Shields, #111words, 20 July 2021)



Mädchen mit Feuerlilien


Selbstbildnis nach halbrechts, die Hand am Kinn

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