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Gabriele Münter, German, (February 19, 1877–May 19, 1962)

Creation date: 1908

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Medium and Support: Oil on artist's board
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger.
Accession Number: 2011.120
Dimensions: 14 3/4 in. x 19 1/2 in. (37.47 cm x 49.53 cm)
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Gabriele Münter decided at an early age to become an artist, but she was denied admittance to the German academies because she was a woman. She enrolled instead in Munich’s Phalanx School, where she soon became attached to the school’s director, Vasily Kandinsky. The two became companions, and Münter would eventually be one of the founders of the Blaue Reiter. In contrast to Kandinsky’s shift towards abstraction, Münter remained a representational artist. Her landscapes and still lifes in the years before 1910 are characterized by planes of bright colors, often applied with the palette knife as well as the brush. Many of her works from these years depict the landscapes of small Bavarian towns like Murnau and Tutzing, places untouched by industrialization.
Last Updated: 2/12/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014

Art of the 20th Century , 3/28/2015 - 8/16/2015


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection San Diego Museum of Art.
Page Number: 12


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