Dark Still Life with Small Figures

Dark Still Life with Small Figures
Artist:
Gabriele Münter (German, 1877-1962)
Date:
1910
Medium:
Oil on board 
Dimensions:
17-3/4 x 23-3/4 in. (45.1 x 60.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of B. Gerald Cantor 
Accession Number:
P.1969.104 
Copyright:
© 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
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Description

Stimulated by Bavarian folk art and the artistic communities she helped build—the German expressionist groups Neue Künstlervereinigung München (NKVM) and Der Blaue Riter—Gabriele Münter portrayed traditional subjects with singular style. Here, her expressive brushwork and dark palette gives everyday objects an air of mystery. Summarily treated, the elements in her still life are reduced to specters, with the large ghostly white vase contrasted by the dark silhouettes of the religious figurines from her collection of folk art.

Provenance:

[Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York, sold to];
B. Gerald Cantor, Beverly Hills, gift 1969 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.

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