Sitting at my desk the other day I found myself staring at this postcard I'd blue-tacked up on my studio wall. I'd found it in mum's papers after she died. I wasn't surprised to find it there...she loved children..I couldn't help wondering why the hands were so red and a little bit swollen looking...I didn't know the artist and so I took it down and had a look. This sad little image was painted by German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker.
She only had a very short life dying after child-birth at the age of 31 but during that time produced what are considered to be the "most important representatives of early Expressionism."
images of Modersohn-Beckers work via