Museum Folkwang
Landschaft mit Kirche (Landschaft mit roten Flecken I)
  • Wassily Kandinsky
  • Landschaft mit Kirche (Landschaft mit roten Flecken I), 1913

  • Landscape with Church (Landscape with Red Spots I)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 78 x 100 cm
  • Acquired in 1962 with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Inv. G 331
  • CommentaryFrom August 1909, Wassily Kandinsky and his lifelong companion, the painter Gabriele Münter, spent a number of months every year in a house that they had bought shortly before in Murnau, which lay above the Murnauer Moose and offered a vast panorama over the Wettersteingebirge; the locals soon called in the »Russian House«. For the process of pictorial abstraction he employed, Kandinsky used motifs from this Alp foothill landscape a number of times. ›Landscape with Church‹ was inspired by a view of the market town of Murnau with its Baroque parish church of St. Nikolaus exposed on a hill. The surrounding houses, a hill nearby and a chain of mountains visible in the distance were transformed by Kandinsky into abstract colored forms which nonetheless evokes this Upper Bavarian landscape. Kandinsky painted a second version of this work, almost identical, just slightly more intensively luminous, today found in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Kandinsky's view of Murnau found a place in the private collection of the poet Karl Wolfskehl in Munich soon after it was finished.
  • Provenance 1962, Otto Gerson Gallery, New York
  • Obj_Id: 3,058
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Landschaft mit Kirche (Landschaft mit roten Flecken I)
  • Obj_Title2_S: Landscape with Church (Landscape with Red Spots I)
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Landschaft mit Kirche (Landschaft mit roten Flecken I) Landscape with Church (Landscape with Red Spots I) Landschaft mit Kirche (Landschaft mit roten Flecken I)
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1913
  • Jahr von: 1,913
  • Jahr bis: 1,913
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 331
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0331
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 78 x 100 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1962 with the support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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From August 1909, Wassily Kandinsky and his lifelong companion, the painter Gabriele Münter, spent a number of months every year in a house that they had bought shortly before in Murnau, which lay above the Murnauer Moose and offered a vast panorama over the Wettersteingebirge; the locals soon called in the »Russian House«. For the process of pictorial abstraction he employed, Kandinsky used motifs from this Alp foothill landscape a number of times. ›Landscape with Church‹ was inspired by a view of the market town of Murnau with its Baroque parish church of St. Nikolaus exposed on a hill. The surrounding houses, a hill nearby and a chain of mountains visible in the distance were transformed by Kandinsky into abstract colored forms which nonetheless evokes this Upper Bavarian landscape. Kandinsky painted a second version of this work, almost identical, just slightly more intensively luminous, today found in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Kandinsky's view of Murnau found a place in the private collection of the poet Karl Wolfskehl in Munich soon after it was finished.