|The famous Paula Modersohn-Becker
portrait of Rilke.
One of the most well-known German female artists
at the beginning of the 20th century, Modersohn-Becker
was, like Rilke's wife, Clara, a central figure at the artist's
colony at Worpswede in the north of Germany.
Modersohn-Becker died tragically three weeks after giving
birth to her first child. It was this loss of one of his closest
friends, that moved Rilke to write his hauntingly beautiful