A Conversation With Author
Marie Darrieussecqon Being Here is Everything


Location: Annenberg Auditorium

Please join the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art, for a reading and conversation in English and French with contemporary French writer Marie Darrieussecq. She will speak about her book, Being Here Is Everything, a literary biography of German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker.

A book signing and reception will follow.

1961 051 001 V0001Tree,1899, by Paula Modersohn-Becker (German, 1876-1907), oil on canvas, 24 x 14 inches. Acquired with funds provided by the 1961 Art Purchase Fund, 1961.051.001.

The Snite Museum of Art has one painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker entitled Tree, 1899, currently on view in the second-floor Twentieth-Century Gallery.


“First published in France in 2016, Being Here Is Everything traces the short, obscure, and prolific life of the German expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876–1907). In a brief career, cut short by her death from an embolism at the age of thirty-one, shortly after she gave birth to a child, Modersohn-Becker trained in Germany, traveled often to Paris, developed close friendships with the sculptor Clara Westhoff and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and became one of her generation’s preeminent artists, helping introduce modernity to the twentieth century alongside such other painters as Picasso and Matisse.

Marie Darrieussecq’s triumphant and illuminating biography at once revives Modersohn-Becker’s reputation as a significant figure in modernism and sheds light on the extreme difficulty women have faced in attaining recognition and establishing artistic careers.” [Description provided by publisher Semiotext(e)]


This event is made possible by generous support from: The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures | The Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters | The Nanovic Institute for European Studies | The Snite Museum of Art | The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures | The Department of Art, Art History & Design | The Gender Studies Program | The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.