Still Life, Red

Maker and role
Artist: Gabriele Münter, German, 1877-1962
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Object detail

Oil on board, mounted on panel
20 7/8 x 15 3/8in (53 x 39.1cm)
Credit line
Museum purchase with the Ralph A. Anderson Jr. Memorial Fund, the Helen and Everett H. Jones Purchase Fund, and the Alvin Whitley Estate
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Further information
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.
Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, Paul Klee, Gabriele Münter: Gemälde und Aquarelle; Herwarth Walden (b.1879, d.1941); 1917; no. 63
Gabriele Münter- Werke aus 5 Jahrzehnten: Erste Ausstellung des Gesamtwerkes, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Juli 1949; Johannes Eichner; 1949; no. 12
Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter: Austellung 13 Oktober bis 18 November 1951: Kestner-Gesellschaft; Alfred Hentzen; 1951; no. 77
Gabriele Münter: Werke aus Fünf Jahrzehnten; Johannes Eichner; 1952; no. 13
Der Blaue Reiter: Dec 7, 1954- Jan 8, 1955; 1954; no. 50
Galerie Gerd Rosen: Gabriele Münter; 1955; no. 4
Kandinsky und Gabriele Münter; von Ursprüngen moderner Kunst; Johannes Eichner; 1957; p. 220; pl. 11
Gabriele Münter: Ausstellung Gemälde, Graphik; Paul Ferdinand Schmidt (b.1878, d.1954); 1957; no. 17
Gabriele Münter: California Palace of the Legion of Honor, August 13, 1960 to September 11; 1960; no. 28
Gabriele Münter, 1877-1962: January 10- February 28, 1978; 1978; p. 18; no. 19
Gabriele Münter, 1877-1962: A Retrospective; Annegret Hoberg; 1992; no.13
30 Jahre Galerie Thomas: 20 April bis 8 Juni 1994; Gabriele Karf, Giannina Spargnapani, Silke Thomas; 1994; no. 57
Gabriele Münter: The Years of Expressionism, 1903-1920; Reinhold Heller; 1997; p. 88; no. 31
Die Grossen Expressionisten: Meisterwerke und Kunstlerleben; Magdalena Moeller; 2000; p. 184
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 82
Signature & date
Signed l.l.: Munter
Subject period
Docent information sheet
V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1999.1 Munter\Gabriele Munter - Ausstellung Gemalde 1957.pdf
V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1999.1 Munter\Gabriele Munter Palace of the Legion of Honor.pdf


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