Gabriele Münter  (German, 1877-1962) 

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Gabriele Münter (German, 1887–1962) was an Expressionist painter and founding member of Der Blaue Reiter, a German artist collective instrumental in the development of Expressionism. Born to an upper-class family in Berlin, Münter pursued art despite cultural conventions that discouraged women from such interests. She studied painting, printing making, and sculpture at the progressive Phalanx School in Munich. There, she met and studied under Wassily Kandinksy (Russian, 1866–1944), the school’s director. The two were professionally and romantically involved for 12 years. They traveled extensively in Europe and America before settling in Munich in 1908. During these travels, Münter discovered the small village of Murnau in the Bavarian Alps where she would later buy a house and spend much of her life.

In 1911, Münter, Kandinsky, and Franz Marc (German, 1880–1916) formed Der Blaue Reiter, and Münter began showing alongside group members. Her work of this period was characteristically Expressionist, evoking intense moments of being through simplified forms, expressive line, and flat, bold colors. Münter portrayed landscapes, flowers, and images of village life in Murnau in much of her work, a reaction against the increasing urbanization and alienation of modern life. Her relationship with Kandisnky ended when the outbreak of World War I forced him to return to Russia. During the war, Münter hid many of his and other Der Blaue Reiter members’ works in Murnau, saving them from harm.

Münter split much of the rest of her life between Munich and Murnau. While Kandinsky and other Expressionist began to embrace abstraction, Münter’s work remained representational. Her works were featured at a large show in Kunsthalle Mannheim in 1961. She died the following year in Murnau.

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Gabriele Münter, Landschaft bei Murnau

 

Gabriele Münter
Landschaft bei Murnau
1955

Galerie Ludorff
Gabriele Münter, Päonien, Feuerlilien und Rittersporn

 

Gabriele Münter
Päonien, Feuerlilien und Rittersporn
1942

Galerie Neher
Gabriele Münter, Studie / Rapallo

 

Gabriele Münter
Studie / Rapallo
1904

Galerie Neher
Gabriele Münter, Rote Dahlien auf Rot

 

Gabriele Münter
Rote Dahlien auf Rot
1942

Galerie Ludorff
Gabriele Münter, Dorfkirche in Riedhausen bei Murnau

 

Gabriele Münter
Dorfkirche in Riedhausen bei Murnau
1908

Galerie Ludorff
Gabriele Münter, Landhaus Mariahalde bei Rorschach

 

Gabriele Münter
Landhaus Mariahalde bei Rorschach
1914

Galerie Ludorff
Gabriele Münter, Rosa Stilleben

 

Gabriele Münter
Rosa Stilleben
1908-1909

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Gabriele Münter, Landschaft bei Murnau

 

Gabriele Münter
Landschaft bei Murnau, 1955
gouache on paper

 

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Gabriele Münter, Plakat für die Gabriele Münter-Ausstellung Kopenhagen

 

Gabriele Münter
Plakat für die Gabriele Münter-Ausstellung Kopenhagen, 1918
color lithograph

 

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Gabriele Münter, Schloss Elmau im Winter

 

Gabriele Münter
Schloss Elmau im Winter, 1923
oil on artist board

 

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1877   Born in Berlin, Germany
1962   Died in Murnau, Germany