The Blue Rider

The Lenbachhaus owns the world’s largest collection of art of the Blue Rider, one of the most important groups of avantgarde artists in the early twentieth century. The core of this treasure consists of the generous donation by Gabriele Münter, herself a painter and Wassily Kandinsky's companion until 1914. In 1957 she gifted more than a thousand works of the Blue Rider to the Lenbachhaus.

The Blue Rider circle formed as a breakaway faction from the New Artists Association Munich, an international group of artists, which had been founded in early 1909. It was a time when artists all over the world established numerous associations and colonies. The artists of the Blue Rider were to become famous for their radiantly colorful and expressive paintings. Developing visual idioms that charted distinctive paths toward abstraction or devised innovative modes of figuration, the artists followed an "inner imperative" and shared the belief in a "spiritual dimension". The legendary exhibitions of the Blue Rider group in 1911/12 and the almanac of the same title, which epitomized an international and expansive vision of art, have come to be regarded as milestones in the history of modernism.

Robert Delaunay, Fenêtres sur la ville, 1914
Robert Delaunay
Fenêtres sur la ville, 1914
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Alexej von Jawlensky, Murnauer Landschaft, 1909
Alexej von Jawlensky
Murnauer Landschaft, 1909
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Alexej von Jawlensky, Reife, um 1912
Alexej von Jawlensky
Reife, um 1912
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Alexej von Jawlensky, Bildnis des Tänzers Alexander Sacharoff, 1909
Alexej von Jawlensky
Bildnis des Tänzers Alexander Sacharoff, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky, Reitendes Paar, 1906 - 1907
Wassily Kandinsky
Reitendes Paar, 1906 - 1907
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Wassily Kandinsky, Friedhof und Pfarrhaus in Kochel, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
Friedhof und Pfarrhaus in Kochel, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau – Blick aus dem Fenster des Griesbräu, 1908
Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau – Blick aus dem Fenster des Griesbräu, 1908
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Wassily Kandinsky, Grüngasse in Murnau, 1909
Wassily Kandinsky
Grüngasse in Murnau, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky, Romantische Landschaft, 1911
Wassily Kandinsky
Romantische Landschaft, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky, Impression IV (Gendarme), 1911
Wassily Kandinsky
Impression IV (Gendarme), 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation Klamm, 1914
Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation Klamm, 1914
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Wassily Kandinsky, Impression III (Konzert), 1911
Wassily Kandinsky
Impression III (Konzert), 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky, Allerheiligen II, 1911
Wassily Kandinsky
Allerheiligen II, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau mit Kirche I, 1910
Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau mit Kirche I, 1910
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Wassily Kandinsky, Kallmünz – Gabriele Münter beim Malen I, Sommer 1903
Wassily Kandinsky
Kallmünz – Gabriele Münter beim Malen I, Sommer 1903
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Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation 26 (Rudern), 1912
Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 26 (Rudern), 1912
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Paul Klee, Stadt R, 1919, 205
Paul Klee
Stadt R, 1919, 205
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Paul Klee, Waldbeere, 1921, 92
Paul Klee
Waldbeere, 1921, 92
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Paul Klee, Föhn im Marc'schen Garten, 1915, 102
Paul Klee
Föhn im Marc'schen Garten, 1915, 102
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Paul Klee, Rosengarten, 1920, 44
Paul Klee
Rosengarten, 1920, 44
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Paul Klee, Botanisches Theater, 1934, 219 (U19)
Paul Klee
Botanisches Theater, 1934, 219 (U19)
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August Macke, Hutladen, 1913
August Macke
Hutladen, 1913
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August Macke, Zoologischer Garten I, 1912
August Macke
Zoologischer Garten I, 1912
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August Macke, Türkisches Café, 1914
August Macke
Türkisches Café, 1914
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August Macke, Porträt mit Äpfeln, 1909
August Macke
Porträt mit Äpfeln, 1909
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Franz Marc, Kühe, rot, grün, gelb, 1911
Franz Marc
Kühe, rot, grün, gelb, 1911
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Franz Marc, Blaues Pferd I, 1911
Franz Marc
Blaues Pferd I, 1911
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Franz Marc, Zwei Pferde, 1908/09
Franz Marc
Zwei Pferde, 1908/09
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Franz Marc, Tiger, 1912
Franz Marc
Tiger, 1912
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Franz Marc, Reh im Klostergarten, 1912
Franz Marc
Reh im Klostergarten, 1912
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Franz Marc, Reh im Walde II, 1912
Franz Marc
Reh im Walde II, 1912
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Gabriele Münter, Das Russen-Haus, 1931
Gabriele Münter
Das Russen-Haus, 1931
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Gabriele Münter, Blick aufs Murnauer Moos, 1908
Gabriele Münter
Blick aufs Murnauer Moos, 1908
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Gabriele Münter, Bildnis Marianne von Werefkin, 1909
Gabriele Münter
Bildnis Marianne von Werefkin, 1909
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Gabriele Münter, Stillleben mit Heiligem Georg, 1911
Gabriele Münter
Stillleben mit Heiligem Georg, 1911
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Gabriele Münter, Jawlensky und Werefkin, 1908/09
Gabriele Münter
Jawlensky und Werefkin, 1908/09
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Gabriele Münter, Dorfstraße im Winter, 1911
Gabriele Münter
Dorfstraße im Winter, 1911
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Gabriele Münter, Kandinsky und Erma Bossi am Tisch, 1912
Gabriele Münter
Kandinsky und Erma Bossi am Tisch, 1912
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Marianne von Werefkin, Selbstbildnis, um 1910
Marianne von Werefkin
Selbstbildnis, um 1910
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Marianne von Werefkin, In die Nacht hinein, 1910
Marianne von Werefkin
In die Nacht hinein, 1910
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