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Gabriele Münter

Village Houses with Steeple

oil on cardboard on canvas
c. 1930
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'

On August 21, 1909 Gabriele Münter bought a house in Murnau. The „Blue Country“, as she and her companions, Wassily Kandinsky, Marianne von Werefkin and Alexej von Jawlensky, had named it, became her inspiration, the mountains, lakes and moor her favourite motif. After World War I - and the separation from Kandinsky - Münter lived in Cologne, Munich, Berlin and Murnau. In 1929/1930 a longer sojourn in Paris had brought new impulses. After her return, she moved back to Murnau again for good, with her partner, the philosopher and art historian Johannes Eichner. She rediscovered her love for the landscape of upper Bavaria and created new paintings, which established her reputation as the painter of the Bavarian alpine upland until today.

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