Der blaue reiter

DEFINITION

A group of German artists based in Munich from 1911 to 1914, mostly expressionist painters, but their works ranged from pure abstraction to romantic imagery, attempting to express spiritual truths. Common to the group was a philosophical spirit and certain approaches to technique. The name, meaning "blue rider", was taken from the name of a painting by Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), and was also the title of the almanac and the exhibition on which he collaboration with others. Some of the important members of the group were Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941; worked in Germany and Switzerland), Gabrielle M?nter (1877-1962), Franz Marc (1880-1916), Paul Klee (1879-1940), and August Macke (1887-1914).(pr. dər BLOU-ə RI:tər)Examples: Alexei Jawlensky (Russian, 1864-1941; worked in Germany and Switzerland), Head, c. 1910?, oil on canvas over cardboard, 16 1/8 x 12 7/8 inches (41 x 32.7 cm), Museum of Modern Art, NY. See Russian art.

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