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Der Blaue Reiter Movement: A Brief Overview



Much of the art I have on this website was heavily influenced Der Blaue Reiter (German for "The Blue Rider"), an art movement that emerged in Munich, Germany, in 1911. The movement was founded by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, two artists who shared a belief in the spiritual power of art. The other key members of the group included Paul Klee, August Macke, Gabriele Münter, and Marianne von Werefkin.


The artists of Der Blaue Reiter were inspired by a wide range of sources, including folk art, primitive art, and non-Western art. They were also influenced by theosophy, a belief system that emphasizes the spiritual nature of the universe. The artists of Der Blaue Reiter believed that art could be used to express the spiritual world, and they experimented with a variety of colors and abstract forms to achieve this goal. Some of the most famous works of Der Blaue Reiter art include Wassily Kandinsky's ‘Composition IV’ 1911, above.


The Der Blaue Reiter movement was short-lived, lasting only 3 years, 1911-1914, but it had a significant impact on the development of modern art. The artists of Der Blaue Reiter were some of the most important and influential artists of the early 20th century and helped usher in the era of German Expressionism. The group paved the way for abstract art, and their work continues to inspire artists today.

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