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Gabriele Münter: Pioneer of Modern Art


Zentrum Paul Klee / Bern / Art

By the time she was 21, the German Expressionist painter Gabriele Münter, born in Berlin in 1877, had lost both parents. She and her sister decided to travel to America, to visit family in the Midwest. After two years of exploration, Gabriele returned to Europe and began studying at the Phalanx School in Munich, where she was introduced to Post-Impressionist techniques—brush and palette knife. During this period she met Wassily Kandinsky, who became her mentor and lover. Over the next six decades, Münter created a diverse body of work. This retrospective sets paintings, drawings, and prints alongside photographs from Münter’s travels in America, Tunisia, and France. —E.C.

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