Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A German Expressionist



Born in 1877 in Germany, Gabriele Munter showed an uncommon talent for art at a young age. Most art schools accepted men exclusively, but at 25 she found a place at the Phalanx School, whose director, Wassily Kandinsky became not only her teacher, but her lover, as well. They traveled through Europe together and the Impressionists in France had a strong influence on her work. In 1911 she and Kandinsky were two of the artists who founded Der Blaue Reiter, The Blue Rider, a group of artists considered the most avant garde in Germany.

When World War I broke out in 1914, Munter and Kandinsky sought refuge in Switzerland. Kandinsky was forced to return home to Russia, never to see his fiance Gabriele again. She returned to Germany after the war and didn't work again until after 1928, and then in an altered style.

Living in Germany during World War II, Gabrielle hid works by Kandinsky and the other artists of The Blue Rider from the Nazis, who considered them subversives, degenarates and enemies of the State.

Both of these paintings were made by Gabriele Munter prior to World War I.


2 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

tHANKS FOR VISITING MY BLOG. HAVE PUT YOU ON THE LIST FOR INSPIRATION MEME TOMORROW.
I WAS IN N.Y. EARLIER THIS YEAR AND SAW AN EXCELLENT GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST EXHIBITION. I LOVE IT. SEE YOU TOMORROW.

steven said...

hi, i've always loved the work of kandinsky but never really known much about his personal life. this piece was really cool and makes me think it might be time to find out about the rest of his life. steven