Sale: 406 / Modern Art, June 08. 2013 in Munich Lot 59

 

59
Gabriele Münter
Rotes Blumenbild, 1938.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 40,800
Sold:
€ 89,060 / $ 90.841

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Rotes Blumenbild. 1938.
Oil on cardboard.
Signed and dated lower right. Verso with estate stamp and a sticker with partly handwritten, partly stamped number "B 154" as well as another label with stamped number "598". Inscribed "14/38" and "G. Münter Rotes Blumenbild" on verso presumably by a hand other than that by the artist. 37,6 x 45,7 cm (14,8 x 17,9 in).

Accompanied by a written econfirmation from the Gabriele Münter - and Johannes Eichner-Foundation, Munich, dated 23 January, 2013. The work will be included catalog raisonné of paintings by Gabriele Münter published by the Gabriele Münter - and Johannes Eichner Foundation.

PROVENANCE: Gallery Wilhelm Großhennig, Düsseldorf.
Private ownership Northern Germany (acquired from previous owner in 1977).

EXHIBITION: Exhibition of selected German and French artworks from the 20th century, 20th October 1976 - late February 1977, gallery Wilhelm Grosshennig, Düsseldorf, with illu. on page 61.

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. 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.

Landscapes and flower still lifes are the central motifs in Gabriele Münter‘s art. In the 1930s she had attained a new intensity through a reduced style and more intensive colors. By pressure of Nazi censorship Münter withdre from public life as of 1937 and worked in the remoteness of Murnau. This lucent composition was also made in the rural calmness of her Murnau residence just a year later. This bouquet of summer flowers is quite captivating for its unusually remarkable presence that arises not only from the narrow section that clearly trims the vase and easy depiction of the play of botanic forms. It is particularly the coloring that is reduced to the complementaries red and green which makes for this composition’s special harmony and strength.

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. [EH/JS].




59
Gabriele Münter
Rotes Blumenbild, 1938.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 40,800
Sold:
€ 89,060 / $ 90.841

(incl. 22% surcharge)