The Blue Rider

the world's largest collection

The Lenbachhaus has the world’s largest collection of works by the Blue Rider artists, who were leading pioneers of classic modernism. Founded by Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter, Alexej von Jawlensky, and Marianne von Werefkin, the group developed an increasingly abstract visual language; unified by the artists' shared belief in a "spiritual" dimension of art, it accommodated diverse formal modes of expression. A tour of the galleries sheds light on the evolution of the artists' work from the nascent modernism of Kandinsky's and Münter's early oil studies to the landscapes from Murnau and iconic paintings in luminous colors such as Franz Marc's "Blue Horse I" and "The Tiger."

The Blue Rider mounted its first exhibition at Galerie Thannhauser, Munich, in the winter of 1911. The show also included works by newcomers to the circle of friends such as August Macke and Heinrich Campendonk. A second exhibition, held at Galerie Goltz, Munich, in the spring of 1912, was larger still, with contributions by Paul Klee, Alfred Kubin, and others. Ample selections of works by all these artists can be seen in our presentation of art from our Blue Rider collection.

One gallery is dedicated to Kandinsky's famous large paintings. The gallery with works by Paul Klee was redesigned after the conclusion of an amicable settlement with the heirs of the former owners of the painting "Swamp Legend" (1919). The adjoining cabinet displays a survey of the different periods in Alexej von Jawlensky's oeuvre; among the highlights on view here are the rarely-seen paintings "The Hunchback" and "Seated Nude."

Other galleries combine examples of Art Nouveau and selections from Kandinsky's early oeuvre such as "Couple Riding" with works by Gabriele Münter, August Macke, Franz Marc, and Heinrich and Ada Campendonk. August Macke's lively small-format "Self-Portrait," acquired by the museum in 2017, makes its public debut. Iconic examples of the mature oeuvres of Franz Marc, including "Blue Horse" and "The Tiger," and August Macke, including "Milliner's Shop" and "Turkish Café," are gathered in another cabinet.

A sampling of works from the museum’s post-Expressionism and New Objectivity collections is on display in the large skylight hall. Some of these treasures created by German and international artists between 1918 and the 1940s had not been on view in many years. They exemplarily reflect the period’s unusually wide range of visual idioms and thematic concerns.

PLEASE NOTE:
The blue rider is currently installed in a new way and will be opened again as of March 23, 2021.

Works

Alexej von Jawlensky
Nacht in St. Prex, 1916
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Paul Klee
Kakteen, um 1912
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Paul Klee
Waldbeere, 1921, 92
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Gabriele Münter
Bayerische Landschaft mit Einödhof, um 1910
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Wassily Kandinsky
Schwabing – Nikolaiplatz, Winter 1901/1902
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Wassily Kandinsky
Apokalyptische Reiter I, 1911
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Heinrich Campendonk
Wald, Mädchen, Ziege, 1917
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Gabriele Münter
Grabkreuze in Kochel, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 6 (Afrikanisches), 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Studie zu "Winter No. II", Winter 1910/1911
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Franz Marc
Tiger, 1912
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August Macke
Promenade, 1913
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Robert Delaunay
Fenêtres sur la ville, 1914
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Franz Marc
Der Panther, 1908
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Otto Freundlich
Ein Baum, 1927
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Carl Strathmann
Der Paradiesbaum mit Schlange, um 1900
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Franz Marc
Weidende Pferde I, 1910
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Franz Marc
Zwei Pferde, 1908/09
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Bildnis des Tänzers Alexander Sacharoff, 1909
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August Macke
Porträt Elisabeth Macke, 1910
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Paul Klee
Rosengarten, 1920, 44
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Wassily Kandinsky
Kallmünz – Gabriele Münter beim Malen II, Sommer 1903
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Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau – Blick über den Staffelsee, Sommer 1908
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Wassily Kandinsky
Berg, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Entwurf 3 zu "Komposition VII", November 1913
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Wassily Kandinsky
Romantische Landschaft, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Skizze für 'Sonntag (Altrussisch)', 1904
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Erma Bossi
Interieur mit Lampe, 1909
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Paul Klee
Stadt R, 1919, 205
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Wassily Kandinsky
Parties diverses, 1940
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Paul Klee
Früchte auf Rot, 1930, 263 (AE 3)
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Karl Caspar
Ostern / Auferstehung, 1926
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Spanierin, 1913
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Gabriele Münter
Blick aufs Gebirge, 1934
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Franz Marc
Kühe, rot, grün, gelb, 1911
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Franz Marc
Reh im Walde II, 1912
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August Macke
Porträt mit Äpfeln, 1909
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August Macke
Hutladen, 1913
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Meditation 'Das Gebet', 1922
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Heinrich Campendonk
Bild mit Kuh, um 1920
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Paul Klee
Botanisches Theater, 1934, 219 (U19)
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Paul Klee
Rausch, 1939, 341 (Y 1)
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Robert Delaunay
Formes circulaires, lune no. 1, 1913
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Alexander Kanoldt
Eiserne Brücke, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Kallmünz – Gabriele Münter beim Malen I, Sommer 1903
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Wassily Kandinsky
Skizze für Achtyrka – Herbst, 1901
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Wassily Kandinsky
Holland – Strandkörbe, Mai/Juni 1904
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Wassily Kandinsky
Reitendes Paar, 1906 - 1907
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Wassily Kandinsky
Kochel - Friedhof und Pfarrhaus, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Studie zur Improvisation Nr. 2 (Trauermarsch), 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Die Kuh, 1910
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Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 26 (Rudern), 1912
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Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 18 (mit Grabstein), 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 21a, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
St. Georg III, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Heiliger Wladimir, Juni 1911
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Gabriele Münter
Äpfel und Narzissen, 1909
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Gabriele Münter
Herbstlich, 1910
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Stillleben mit Früchten, um 1910
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Paul Klee
Erzengel, 1938, 82 (G 2)
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Paul Klee
Der wilde Mann, 1922, 43
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Paul Klee
Klippen am Meer, 1931, 154 (R 14)
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Erma Bossi
Zirkus, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Das Bunte Leben, 1907
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Sitzender weiblicher Akt, um 1910
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Wladimir Burljuk
Die Tänzerin, um 1910
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Wassily Kandinsky
Im Walde, 1904
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Der Bucklige, 1906
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Sommerabend in Murnau, 1908-1909
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Marianne von Werefkin
Selbstbildnis, um 1910
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Franz Marc
Reh im Klostergarten, 1912
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Franz Marc
Blaues Pferd I, 1911
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August Macke
Türkisches Café, 1914
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August Macke
Zoologischer Garten I, 1912
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August Macke
Bildnis Bernhard Koehler, 1910
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Meditation auf Goldgrund, 1936
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Mystischer Kopf: Meditation, 1918
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Franz von Stuck
Salome, 1906
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Franz Marc
Rehe im Schnee II, 1911
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Paul Klee
Zerstörter Ort, 1920, 215
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Liebe, 1925
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Paul Klee
Sumpflegende, 1919
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Franz Marc
Vögel, 1914
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Wassily Kandinsky
Roter Fleck II, 1921
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August Macke
Studie zu einem Selbstporträt, 1907
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Wassily Kandinsky
Kochel – Wasserfall I, um 1900
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Wassily Kandinsky
München – Die Isar, 1901
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Wassily Kandinsky
München – Englischer Garten, Anfang September 1901
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Wassily Kandinsky
Kochel – Schlehdorf, Sommer 1902
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Wassily Kandinsky
Kallmünz – Naturstudie zur gelben Postkutsche, Sommer 1903
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Wassily Kandinsky
Landschaft mit gelbem Feld, 1905
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Wassily Kandinsky
Rapallo – Bucht, Anfang 1906
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Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau – Blick aus dem Fenster des Griesbräu, 1908
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Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau - Grüngasse, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Kochel – Gerade Straße, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Murnau – Berglandschaft mit Kirche, Sommer 1910
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Wassily Kandinsky
Eisenbahn bei Murnau, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Orientalisches, 1909
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Wassily Kandinsky
Allerheiligen II, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Entwurf 2 zu Komposition VII, 1913
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Wassily Kandinsky
Allerheiligen I, Juli/August 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Impression III (Konzert), 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 19, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Improvisation 19a, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Impression IV (Gendarme), 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Heiliger Georg I, 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
St. Georg II, vermutlich Sommer 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Große Auferstehung, Frühsommer 1911
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Wassily Kandinsky
Bergige Landschaft mit See, um 1902
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Gabriele Münter
Kandinsky beim Landschaftsmalen, 1903
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Gabriele Münter
Kallmünz, 1903
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Gabriele Münter
Jawlensky und Werefkin, 1908/09
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Alexej von Jawlensky
Murnauer Landschaft, 1909
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Marianne von Werefkin
Wäscherinnen, um 1909
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Franz Marc
Bildnis Henri Rousseau, 1911
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Gabriele Münter
Votivbild, um 1908/09
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Gabriele Münter
Das Russen-Haus, 1931
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Franz von Stuck
Herbstabend mit Reiter, 1893
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Pierre Girieud
Bildnis der Malerin Emilie Charmy, 1908
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Franz von Stuck
Verwundeter Kentaur
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