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Google honors German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker with doodle

Have you peeped Google today? It’s all about Paula Modersohn-Becker, a famous German painter.

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The search engine site, which sometimes uses its homepage to honor prominent figures, is highlighting the artist to celebrate her on what would have been her 142th birthday.

Born in Germany on Feb. 8, 1876, she grew up in a cultural and intellectual environment. At around age 12, she was introduced to drawing for the first time while visiting an aunt. 

Soon after, she began receiving private lessons in painting and learned about renowned artists, including Otto Modersohn and Fritz Mackensen. By 1900, she moved to Paris to further her studies. 

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In 1906, she created more than 80 pictures alone, often representing modernism in work. As an early expressionist, she made bold choices as she was one of the first to depict nude women and women breastfeeding. 

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“She tenaciously resisted the strict expectations held of women of her era, preferring exploration and painting over more traditional pastimes,” Google wrote.  

In 1907, she died at 31 from postpartum embolism just days after giving birth to a daughter.

After her death, her daughter Mathilde Modersohn founded the Paula Modersohn-Becker Foundation in 1978. In 1988, a stamp was issued by the German post-office in her honor. And in 2007, her home in Germany was turned into a private art museum and gallery.

Now Google is paying tribute. Check out the doodle archive to see her animated doodle.

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