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Countryside Near Paris (Bei Paris II)

Gabriele Münter

European Art

Münter quickly built these studies of the Parisian countryside with overlapping wet-on-wet strokes of electric yellow, blue, orange, green, and pink. Although the images are highly abstracted, even illegible in places, short touches deftly suggest tree branches and foliage, long horizontal brushstrokes indicate swaths of sky and parkland, and diagonal strokes mark recessions in space. Münter’s non-naturalistic palette and her embrace of abstraction signal a turn toward Expressionism, a movement that espoused communication of the artist’s inner life through art.
MEDIUM Oil on paperboard mounted on pulpboard
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1907
    DIMENSIONS 3 15/16 x 6 1/2 in. (10 x 16.5 cm)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "M"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.107.30
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr.
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