Young Woman in a large hat

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This colourful Expressionist painting, Portrait of a young woman in a large hat (1909), by the German artist Gabriele Münter (1877 to 1962) was on display at the Courtauld Gallery during our visit on Sunday. I hadn’t particularly noticed it during my previous visit a couple of months ago, but this time it caught my eye. I like the bold colours, the woman’s confident pose and expression, and, of course, the hat.

Like most female artists, particularly during previous centuries, she’s much less well known than her male contemporaries. Yet, a little research on the web shows that she played a vital role in the development of German Expressionism and was a founder member of the Neue Kunstlervereinigung Munchen, (Munich New Artists’ Association) and the avant-garde group, Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider).

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