Blick aufs gebirge with the Nachlass stamp (on the reverse) oil on canvas laid on canvas 9 x 6 3/4in. (23 x 17cm)
PROVENANCE Estate of the artist. Dalzell Hatfield Gallery, Los Angeles (acquired from the above, 1979).
EXHIBITED Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Gabriele Muenter, 1877-1962, January 10 - February 28, 1978.
This work is registered in the archives of the Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, Munich under number L631.
Dalzell Hatfield, a private dealer and gallery owner in Los Angeles, was instrumental in bringing several important modern masters as well as American artists to collectors in Los Angeles and the west coast. One such group of artists was the German Expressionists and included in the group was Gabriele Münter, the only woman artist of Der Blaue Reiter Group. Dalzell Hatfield Galleries opened in 1925 in the historic Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard and remained open until his death in 1963. Trained as an artist, Hatfield worked closely with Otto Gerson in New York and Alex Reid & Lefevre (Lefevre Gallery) of London to bring the finest artists to a then seemingly remote Los Angeles. The esteemed collectors, Lucille Ellis and Norton Simon even begin their collection with a purchase at the gallery in 1954.
Hatfield presented Münter's first solo exhibition in America in 1960 with the cooperation of the Städtische Gallery in Munich. The fauvist style of Münter's early paintings developed into a more sombre palette as seen in the present work. The artist sought to capture the simplistic elements around her and from her memories of her homeland and later travels. Her goal was not merely to recapture nature through painting but to distill an essence of the experience of being in nature through the use of expressive line and saturated color.