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Expressionism - Der Blaue Reiter

This portfolio showcases the work of the artist group, der blaue Reiter. Formed in Munich in 1911, the group was born when its leaders, Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, broke away from the Neue Künstlervereinigung München (New Artists’ Association of Munich), after Kandinsky’s painting, Last Judgment, was rejected for an exhibition. Emblematic work of the Der blaue Reiter incorporates abstract shapes that work together to form a flattened perspective. The horse is a recurring motif throughout their work, as is the color blue, which, in accordance with their understanding of color theory, was thought to most closely portray spirituality. The group was brought to an end with the end of World War I. This portfolio brings together work by some of the key figures in der blaue Reiter, and covers the years leading up to the formation of the group, the period when the group was active, and the years directly following the end of World War II. As such, it offers the opportunity for approaching the work in a comparative way – both across artists, as well as time frames, by considering the creative development of the members.

Heinrich Campendonk
Seated Harlequin
woodcut on paper
14 ⅞ in x 11 7/16 in (37.78 cm x 29.05 cm);19 ⅛ in x 14 3/16 in (48.58 cm x 36.04 cm);18 in x 22 1/16 in (45.72 cm x 56.04 cm)
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Heinrich Campendonk
Portrait of Jean Bloe Niestlé
woodcut with watercolor, gouache and gold on paper
13 11/16 in x 11 9/16 in (34.77 cm x 29.37 cm);22 ⅛ in x 28 ⅛ in (56.2 cm x 71.44 cm)
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This is a line drawing of a woman's head inscribed within a vertical rectangle. Simple horizontal and vertical lines depict the eyes, nose, and mouth while a few curved lines above each eye depict a hair line, and a large "U" forms the chin. 
Alexei Jawlensky
Kopf
lithograph on paper
7 1/16 in x 4 15/16 in (17.9 cm x 12.5 cm);11 9/16 in x 9 in (29.4 cm x 22.8 cm);19 in x 14 in (48.3 cm x 35.6 cm)
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Wassily Kandinsky
Plate X from Kleine Welten
drypoint on paper
9 3/8 x 7 13/16 in. (23.7 x 19.7 cm);11 15/16 x 10 9/16 in. (30.2 x 26.8 cm);19 1/16 x 14 1/16 in. (48.3 x 35.6 cm)
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Wassily Kandinsky
Plate XI from Kleine Welten
drypoint on paper
9 3/8 x 7 11/16 in. (23.7 x 19.4 cm);11 13/16 x 10 9/16 in. (30 x 26.8 cm);19 1/16 x 14 1/16 in. (48.3 x 35.6 cm)
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This black and white woodcut shows a river running horizontally across it, whose banks are made of dark wavy lines. Between the banks is a crowd of naked people, drawn in simple outlines. In the background are several trees, as well as a building, perhaps a church with an onion dome.
Wassily Kandinsky
Täuflinge
woodcut on paper
11 1/16 in x 10 15/16 in (28.1 cm x 27.8 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 3/8 in (36.5 cm x 49.2 cm)
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This woodcut print of an abstracted landscape is done in green, red, yellow, blue, and black. An architectural form appears on the left and an archer on horseback appears in the lower right corner.  
Wassily Kandinsky
The Archer
woodblock on paper
6 1/2 in x 6 in (16.5 cm x 15.2 cm);12 3/16 in x 9 1/2 in (30.9 cm x 24.1 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49 cm x 36.3 cm)
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Wassily Kandinsky
Woodcut for 'XXe Siècle' (Gravure sur bois pour 'XXe Siècle')
color woodcut on beige wove paper
10 1/8 in. x 13 in. ( 25.7 cm x 33 cm )
Gift of the Estate of Helen B. Hall
Within a black background a white oval shape sits at center; within the oval are a series of abstracted forms and lines in primary colors all characteristic of Kandinsky's style.
Wassily Kandinsky
Small Worlds III
lithograph on paper
14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm);10 15/16 in x 9 1/8 in (27.78 cm x 23.2 cm);13 9/16 in x 11 in (34.4 cm x 28 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 3/8 in (49 cm x 36.5 cm)
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This line drawing in black ink has a large abstract figure at the bottom right that leans back as another figure comes at it from the left, along with a ship-like motif above it. In additon, there is a large abstract form with a tiny wheel above the name "Bulz". An arrow starts from left below the large figure and points down to the lower right corner. The work is dated (u.r) "1921" in pencil and dated, numbered and titled (l.c.) in pen "1921/157 Zeichnung zum Drama der Entweiung".
Paul Klee
Zeichnung zum Drama der Entzweiung
pen and ink on paper on board
17 3/8 in x 14 3/16 in (44.1 cm x 36.1 cm);11 1/16 in x 8 11/16 in (28.1 cm x 22 cm);18 1/2 in x 15 3/8 in x 9/16 in (47 cm x 39 cm x 1.5 cm);17 3/8 in x 14 3/16 in (44.1 cm x 36.1 cm);15 3/4 in x 13 7/16 in (40 cm x 34.2 cm)
Gift of Nesta Spink in memory of Helen B. Hall
Paul Klee
Blowing Out a Candle
lithograph on paper
11 1/16 in x 8 ⅞ in (28.1 cm x 22.54 cm);5 3/10 in x 4 15/16 in (13.49 cm x 12.54 cm);19 ⅜ in x 14 ⅜ in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm)
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Paul Klee
Charme (Weibliche Anmut)
etching on paper
5 3/16 in x 3 9/16 in (13.18 cm x 9.05 cm);19 3/10 in x 14 ⅜ in (49.05 cm x 36.51 cm);16 ⅝ in x 12 ½ in (42.23 cm x 31.75 cm)
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