Artist colony in miniature

Artist colony in miniature

Muenter House and its garden, Murnau am Staffelsee (in English: "Murnau at Staffel Lake"), Bavaria, Germany

Some background information:

On 21st August 1909, the German painter Gabriele Muenter bought this little property in the Kottmuellerallee in Murnau am Staffelsee. At that time Muenter was betrothed with the more famous Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, who, in spite of this fact, already had a wife in Russia. Between 1909 and 1914 Muenter and Kandinsky resided in Murnau. Kandinsky’s Russian nationality was the reason why the people of Murnau also called this building the Russian House (In German: "Russen-Haus ").

The couple had a close circle of friends, who have also become rather famous painters posthumously. Marianne von Werefkin and Alexej von Jawlensky belonged to this circle, but also Franz Marc, August Macke, Paul Klee, Heinrich Campendonk and the composer Arnold Schoenberg. All these people visited the Muenter House quite often, so you can really call it a former artist colony. They cross-fertilised each other with their ideas, created important expressionistic paintings and established an artistic style that is nowadays known as "Blauer Reiter" (In English "Blue Rider"). Therefore it is fair to say that the Muenter House was someway the point of origin of the "Blauer Reiter".

Muenter and Kandinsky fulfilled themselves in their Murnau home, not only by creating famous paintings on canvas, but also by expressionistically painting the whole furnishings as well as the stairway.

After Germany had declared war upon Russia in 1914, Kandinsky could not stay in Germany any longer. Together with Muenter he fled to Switzerland, but continued his journey to Russia without Muenter just a few months later. In 1916, when both met again in the Swedish city of Stockholm, an argument broke out and they finally went apart.

At the end of the twenties, Muenter remigrated to her home in Murnau, where she lived till her death in 1962, as from 1931 together with her new life companion Johannes Eichner. Today the Muenter House is a museum. It still contains its original painted furnishings and almost feels as if Muenter and Kandinsky are still here, about to paint a table or even the banisters.

Murnau am Staffelsee is a market town in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian region of Upper Bavaria. It is situated on the edge of the Bavarian alps, approx. 70 km (44 miles) south of Munich. First mentioned in a document in 1150, the town currently has about 12,000 residents. Due to its beautiful lakeside location it is a rather popular tourist destination as well as a local recreation area for the townspeople of Munich.

Posted by >Silanov on 2016-06-22 05:57:00