Sale: 400 / Modern Art, Dec. 08. 2012 in Munich Lot 32

 
32
Gabriele Münter
Blume mit Vogel und Echsenkopf, 1911.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 18,000
Sold:
€ 31,250 / $ 37.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Blume mit Vogel und Echsenkopf. 1911/1916.
Oil on cardboard.
Signed and dated lower right (scratched). 17,2 x 13,2 cm (6,7 x 5,1 in), size of cardboard, image a little smaller.

Accompanied by a written expertise issued by the Gabriele Münter- and Johannes Eichner-Foundation, Munich, dated 25 September, 2012. The work will be included into the catalog raisonné of Gabriele Münter's paintings.

PROVENANCE: Neumeister, 4th auction, 22 November, 1988, lot 331 (plate 65).
Private collection Germany.

Gabriele Münter received her first art lessons at the 'Damen-Kunstschule' (Ladies Art School) in Düsseldorf and then attended the Society of Woman Artists as M. Dasio's and A. Jank's pupil. Then she went to Munich where she visited the private art school 'Phalanx' which was run by Wassily Kandinsky. In 1904 Münter and Kandinsky began travelling together: to Holland, Italy, France - where they met Rousseau and Matisse - and elsewhere. Stylistically she now distanced herself from Impressionism and her works began showing Fauve and Expressionist influences. In 1908 she and Kandinsky began leading a calmer life in their apartment in Munich. They often met with Klee, Marc, Macke, Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin. The country house Münter bought in Murnau provided an ideal working environment. In 1909 the artist began painting glass, a medium which would later also be adopted by Kandinsky, Marc, Macke and Campendonk. Münter was a member of the 'Neue Künstlervereinigung München' for two years and in 1911 she joined the 'Blaue Reiter', the artist group founded by Kandinsky and Marc. She was interested in Kandinsky's development towards abstract art, but her own works continued to be figurative. Her landscapes, figurative scenes and portraits show a reduction to the essential with an inclination towards humorous characterisation.

The clear style from 1910 was abandoned over the following years in favor of a more diffuse style. The objects in her still lifes are the same, but they are now seen in a different light. Once again Gabriele Münter harks back to a picturesque momentum, however, without turning to the early post-impressionist duct. She sees things in her various degrees of fragility. An almost lyrical component comes instead of the earlier strictness of forms.

When war broke out, Münter and Kandinsky at first moved to Switzerland. Münter, however, decided a year later to go to Stockholm, where she separated from Kandinsky. In late autumn 1917 she moved to Copenhagen. She travelled a lot during the 1920s and spent some time in Munich, Murnau, Cologne and Berlin. After 1931 she spent most of her time in Murnau and Munich. In 1956 she received the Culture Prize of the City of Munich. The year 1960 saw the first exhibition of Münter's work in the US, followed in 1961 by a large show in the Mannheim Kunsthalle. The artist died in her house at Murnau on 19 May 1962. [KD].

32
Gabriele Münter
Blume mit Vogel und Echsenkopf, 1911.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 18,000
Sold:
€ 31,250 / $ 37.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)