Detail from Gabriele Munter's painting 'Girl with a Red Ribbon', 1908.
Gabriele Münter, Girl with a Red Ribbon. © Estate of Gabriele Münter, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn/IVARO Dublin, 2019. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Girl with a Red Ribbon' by Gabriele Münter

40.7 x 32.8 cm
Oil on board
Purchased, 2006

Stop 2 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

Gabriele Münter was a German Expressionist painter who settled in Murnau, in the south of Germany, in 1908. This is one of a series of studies she made of women and girls at this time. The girl’s expression - furrowed brow and absent-minded gaze - suggests preoccupation or anxiety. This mood is emphasised by the artist’s use of non-naturalistic colours, in particular the complementary tones of green and pink.

This technique suggests the influence of artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh, who harnessed the emotional power of colour to express mental states. Münter noted a tension in her work between attempting to depict something as it appeared in nature and her desire to obtain ‘a kind of psychological likeness which would convey the personality of [her] model or the mood of the moment’.

On display in Room 5, Millennium Wing, Level 1

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery