Girl with a Red Ribbon, by Gabriele Münter (1877-1962)
40.7 x 32.8 cm
Oil on board
Gabriele Münter was a leading German Expressionist. In 1908, with her partner, Wassily Kandinsky, she settled in the village of Murnau in the lake district of southern Bavaria. Dated 1908, this vibrant painting is from a time when Münter claimed her work advanced greatly. The girl, perhaps a local villager, wears a high-collared white blouse and a red ribbon in her hair. The green, red, purple and pink hues in her face reveal the influence of Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse on the artist. Also at play are German folk art and Bavarian glass-painting, the latter evident in the flat background colours separated by heavy, dark lines.