Oil on board, mounted on panel
20 7/8 x 15 3/8in (53 x 39.1cm)
Museum purchase with the Ralph A. Anderson Jr. Memorial Fund, the Helen and Everett H. Jones Purchase Fund, and the Alvin Whitley Estate
Observe thick black outlines, intense areas of color, and simple forms, all influences of the German folk tradition Hinterglasbilder, or painting on the back of glass. Bright stars and stripes of an American flag stand out among more traditional still life objects of fruits and flowers. Gabriele Münter probably acquired the flag during a trip she made, at the age of 20, to visit relatives in the United States, some in Marshall and Plainview, Texas.
In the early 1900s, Münter co-founded Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a German Expressionist movement, with her creative and romantic partner artist Wassily Kandinsky.
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Gabriele Münter (German, b.1877, d.1962)