Born in Dresden, Modersohn-Becker was one of the most significant German artists of her time. She was trained at the Society of Women Artists in Berlin and in 1900 she won a scholarship to travel to Paris where she studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, influenced by the works of Matisse, Gauguin and Cezanne.
Modersohn-Becker was one of the central innovators of Expressionism. Later her principles broke with the Expressionists and her work came to express quiet, earthy images. Modersohn made only eleven prints, most in 1899. They featured peasant life and surroundings in rural Worpswede. Modersohn died at the young age of 31 after giving birth to a daughter. There were no lifetime editions of her prints ever made.