Gabriele Münter was a leading proponent of German Expressionism and a close ally of the artist group 'Der Blaue Reiter'. The time she spent in Murnau with her companion Wassily Kandinsky was among the most fertile periods of her oeuvre. Reduction of form and clear colour contrasts are also the hallmarks of the portraits of her artist friends Marianne von Werefkin, Alexej von Jawlensky, Franz Marc and August Macke, for whom she became a sort of chronicler of the group 'Der Blaue Reiter'. Her mysterious still lifes also feature the products of religious artisan craftwork and reverse glass paintings that they collected. Münter spent the period during and after World War I in Scandinavia. In 1930, Münter returned to her home in Murnau with her second life partner, Johannes Eichner; she would live and work there until her death in 1962. The Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation preserves and manages her estate.
oil on cardboard
41 x 33 cm / 16 1/8 x 13 in.
signed lower right verso signed, dated and inscribed '4. Studie' (fourth study)
Village Houses with Steeple
oil on cardboard on canvas
36,7 x 52,3 cm / 14 1/2 x 20 5/8 in.
verso with stamp of the estate and no. 'L 102 B'