Diane Radycki is an art historian (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1993) and specializes in European art from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the work of women artists in this period.


“Masterful. Diane Radycki provides a persuasive and revelatory argument for the title of her book pronouncing Paula Modersohn-Becker as ‘The First Modern Woman Artist.’ There is no book I know of that has as keen a cutting edge into the artist’s motivations while at the same time placing her convincingly as an important early 20th-century ‘modern’ woman artist. Her short life and growing posthumous fame are brilliantly juxtaposed.”

—Alessandra Comini

Paula Modersohn-Becker
The First Modern Woman Artist
by Diane Radycki 
Yale University Press, 2013