Murnau Landscape

MAKER:
Artist

Alexei Jawlensky ( Russian, 1864 - 1941 )

DATE:
1909
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General Description

Jawlensky’s vibrant depiction of the town of Murnau in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps features simplified shapes in bright blocks of color that are intensified by strong, dark contours, a combination typical of early German Expressionism. The picture dates from a summer of whirlwind artistic activity while Jawlensky was in the company of fellow avant-garde painters such as Wassily Kandinsky, whose own view of Murnau, completed the year before, hangs nearby. Painted in the crucial years leading up to their founding of the Blue Rider group, both artists’ landscapes foreshadow the importance of color in conveying spiritual value.