oil on canvas
26 x 30 cm (10 3/8 x 11 3/4 cm)
verso with stamp of the estate and estate number 'L609'
Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky spent the summer of 1903 together in Kallmünz near Regensburg. Kandinsky and his students came from the Phalanx painting school in Munich to practice painting "en plein air" in the tradition of the French Impressionists. Kandinsky and his student Gabriele Münter were already a couple and even when they got engaged here in Kallmünz, their liaison remained secret, since Kandinsky was still married. In Kallmünz both artists worked intensively, capturing the idyllic landscape on their canvases and portraying each other: Kandinsky painted Münter while painting and Münter painted Kandinksy while painting - testimonials to a great love affair that has written art history. Working in the open air decisively changes Münter's painting technique, which reflects a new, more spontaneous view of the landscape: the application of paint becomes looser, sometimes spatulas are used and the colours are increasingly placed side by side in order to unite only in the overall context of the painting. The artist abstracts her individual experience of the landscape with certainty, which will become a special characteristic of her painting style in the time of the Blue Rider.
Gabriele Münter • Landscape near Kallmünz