One of our favorite museums on our recent European trip was the Lensbachaus in Munich and, in particular, The Blue Rider Collection. Der Blaue Reiter was founded by a number of Russian emigrants including Wassily Kandinsky. The group organized exhibitions that toured Germany in 1911 and 1912 but was disbanded with the outbreak of World War I in 1914. While I’ve always loved Kandinsky’s work, I was truly taken with some of his early landscapes as well as the work of others in the group including August Macke, Franz Marc and, new to me, Gabriele Münter who was one of the few women associated with the group. I felt a particular affinity to Munter's work – her depictions of rural life and her “feel” for color. I can’t wait to get back in the studio. Oh, the places these works may take me.
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