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Sunset over Staffelsee 1908. Gabrielle Münter was at the forefront of the Munich avant-garde in the early 20th C. She was a driven artist and was dedicated to the German Expressionist movement. In 1911 Münter, Kandinsky (they had a long term relationship), & Franz Marc founded the expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Within the group, artistic approaches and aims varied amongst artists; however, they shared a common desire to express spiritual truths through art.

Artist Gabriele Münter, together with Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), an influential group of German Expressionsts. She worked typically in a highly stylized manner which emphasized simplified forms and expressive use of line and color.

The Tower of Blue Horses - Franz Marc, 1913

Franz Marc (1880 - 1916) Cofounder of Der Blaue Reiter - with Kandinsky.

Franz Marc "Foxes" Franz Marc was a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists collaborating in it.

Franz Marc-Tiger, 1912, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

Franz Marc, Turm der blauen Pferde, 1913