Moor im Herbst (Berglandschaft mit Nebelstreif). 1944. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso of the canvas with the estate stamp (partly covered by the stretcher), here also with an adhesive label with a partly stamped number "L. 669" (covered by the stretcher). 38 x 46 cm (14.9 x 18.1 in). The work is recorded in Gabriele Münter's workbook together with a respective sketch. • Atmospheric view of the 'Blaue Land' (Blue Country). • For the first time offered on the international auction market. • Homogenous, bold (fauvist) color palette.
Accompanied by a written confirmation issued by the Gabriele Münter- and Johannes Eichner-Foundation, Munich, from September 3, 1999 (in copy).
PROVENANCE: From the artis's estate. Galerie Gunzenhauser (1999) Private collection Bavaria (acquired from aforementioned).
"We had wonderful days. There was so much beauty, even in fog - today was inimitable. [.] From my window I saw single trees on the slopes near Kochel and I could hardly take my eyes off them. [.] The eclipsed mountains ao dark - and everything so clear in sunshine." Gabriele Münter, quote after: Annegret Hiberg, Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter, München et al, 1994, p. 74.
In the years from 1940 to1944 Gabriele Münter predominantly painted flower still lives, but also resorted to themes from the days of the "Blauer Reiter". In this context several landscapes that show the beloved mountains of the Murnau surroundings came into existence. In this work offered here the vast landscape of the ‘Murnauer Moos’ (Murnau Bog) stretches out in front of a mountain range executed in bright and differentiated shades of blue. Gabriele Münter’s gift to render the sensation of a landscape atmosphere in a picture becomes particularly obvious in this work: The autumnal atmosphere is not only reflected in the sparse brushstrokes of the foliage’s coloring, but also in the airy white of the fog above the vast moor landscape in front of the mountains. The work is registered with a sketch in the artist’s work notes under the title "Berglandschaft mit Nebelstreif, Novemberabend. (klar)" and with the date November 26, 1944. [EH]