Being Here: The Life of Paula Modhersohn-Becker
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.
* Widespread newspaper review coverage in papers such as the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Paper and NZ Herald * Review coverage in literary and current affairs publications such as the Monthly, Big Issue and NZ Listener * Online review coverage on sites such as the Guardian and Sydney Review of Books * Author interviews with online and print media * Local and national radio interviews with author and translator on stations such as Radio National and SBS French * Wide review and interview coverage in art journals and websites * Advertisements in literary and current affair publications such as ABR, The Monthly, The Big Issue, and on their associated websites * Promotions and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups, including art lovers and galleries such as The Heide Museum, The Ian Potter Museum, Museum Victoria, Art Monthly and Art Collector * Major social media campaign including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts * Feature title in Text's newsletters and blog * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Postcards featuring the artwork of Modersohn-Becker for giveaways to bookshops
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 Medicis 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 Liberation and Charlie Hebdo. She lives in Paris.