Clara Rilke Westhoff, Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1905
In 1888 the family moved from Dresden to Bremen. While visiting an maternal aunt in London, Becker received her first instruction in drawing at St Johns Wood Art School. In 1893 she was introduced to works of the artists circle of Worpswede; Otto Modersohn, Fritz Mackensen, Fritz Overbeck and Heinrich Vogeler presented their paintings in Bremens Art Museum, Kunsthalle Bremen. In addition to her teachers training in Bremen in 1893-1895, Becker received private instruction in painting. In 1896 she participated in a course for painting and drawing sponsored by the "Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen" (Union of Berlin Female Artists) which offered art studies to women.
Beckers friend Clara Westhoff left Bremen in early 1899 to study in Paris. By December of that year, Becker followed her there, and in 1900 she studied at the Académie Colarossi in the Latin Quarter.