Google Doodles Celebrates Expressionist Painter Paula Modersohn-Becker's 142nd Birthday

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Paula Modersohn-Becker

Google Doodles is at it again, putting you on to arts, music, and history; today's doodle pays homage to expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Born in Germany in 1876, Modersohn-Becker only lived until she was 31 but her career as an artist was as impactful as it was short-lived. She grew up in Dresden-Friedrichstadt and began studying art in her early 20's, moving to an artist colony in Worpswede in Germany. 

Modersohn-Becker played a pivotal role in introducing modernism to the world alongside Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. She was among the first women to depict nude women in her art and was considered as very bold in her approach. The german artist painted over 80 paintings in her short career.

The Google Doodle is created by Golden Cosmos, a duo based out of Berlin and sees the Google logo transformed completely, leaving only its' signature red, yellow, green, and blue colors behind as a reminder.

Modersohn-Becker sits, posing with a paint brush in one hand, and two flowers in the other. The artist is perched in between four paintings, all featuring domestic life. In the first painting, a woman is breastfeeding her child, the other paintings feature a group of people out on a farm, and a woman carrying a cat.

Read more about the doodle here.