Birch Tree In A Landscape
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2003.4
People
Paula Modersohn-Becker, German (Dresden, Germany 1876 - 1907 Worpswede, Germany)
Title
Birch Tree in a Landscape
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Zweistämmige Birke vor Landschaft
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1899
Culture
German
Location
Level 1, Room 1440, Modern and Contemporary Art
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on composite board
Dimensions
55.4 x 42.1 cm (21 13/16 x 16 9/16 in.)
framed: 64.6 x 51.4 x 3 cm (25 7/16 x 20 1/4 x 1 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: recto, l.l., graphite: 1899
  • label: verso, l.r., ink, handwritten: 31 [above horizontal line] /49090 [below horizontal line]
  • inscription: verso, u.r., beneath backing board, graphite, German: Paula Modersohn-Becker / bestätigt / Otto Modersohn
Provenance
Private collection, Bremen, 1930s. [Neumeisters Moderne, Munich, 16 May 2002, lot 636], sold. Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2003.

Footnotes: Neumeisters Moderne (May 16, 2002) catalogue, lot 636, repr. col. p. 149.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Wilhelm Winterstein through the Acquisitions Committee of the Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum in honor of James Cuno on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Museum
Accession Year
2003
Object Number
2003.4
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Publication History

Günter Busch, Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1876-1907: Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde im Auftrag der Paula Modersohn-Becker-Stiftung, Hirmer Verlag (Munich, Germany, 1998), #30, repr. p. 41

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 188

Exhibition History

Before Expressionism: Art in Germany circa 1903, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/24/2003 - 02/15/2004

Re-View: S118 European & American Art since 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/13/2008 - 04/09/2011

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted