Members of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) on the 26 Ainmillerstrasse balcony, Munich, ca. 1911–12. Left to right: Maria and Franz Marc, Bernhard Koehler, Vasily Kandinsky (seated), Heinrich Campendonk, and Thomas von Hartmann. Photo courtesy Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, Munich Bernhard Koehler, Heinrich Campendonk, Franz Marc, Kandinsky Seats, The Blue, Von Hartmann, Thomas Von, Wassily Kandinsky, Blue Rider
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.
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.