Straßendurchstich im Winter (Naturstudie. Station Berggeist Schnee). 1935. Oil on cardboard. Signed and dated lower right. Verso inscribed in circle with work number "17/35" and dated "1. III.", as well as with a label with the stamped number "592". 33 x 41 cm (12.9 x 16.1 in). The painting is registered in the artist's register of works from 1935 with the number 17. Atmospheric mountain landscape in late winter. Accompanied by a written confirmation issued by the Gabriele Münter- and Johannes Eichner-Foundation, Munich, from 3 August, 2015. The work will be included into the catalog raisonné´of painting by Gabriele Münter.
PROVENANCE: Franz Resch, Gauting. Collection Hildegard Auer, Upper Palatinate.
LITERATURE: Peter Lahnstein, Münter, Ettal 1971, p. illu. 44 Cf. the same motif in spring: "Straßendurchstich (Die Kurve am Berggeist). Gabriele Münter. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Farbholzschnitte, Radierungen. Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich, 10September - 3 November, 1999, illu. in colors, title of invitation for the exhibition.
The landscape of the Ammergau mountains, which Gabriele Münter found right in front of her doorstep, inspired her to ever new atmospheric landscapes. Bold and experimental in design and coloring during her early period and with a stronger feel for reality later on as a result of her new concept of interpretation. Münter's depictions are statements of her love for the landscape: She avoids any kind of heroic notion as it is often ascribed to mountain landscapes. She sort of rounds the mountains and thus allows a peaceful atmosphere. In large and swiftly painted color fields, preferrably in Münter's beloved blue, she renders her view of a calm lower Alps landscape, in which a small wooden house makes for the focal point.