Art and Images in Psychiatry |


James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(7):768. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.64.7.768.
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German expressionist Gabriele Münter (1877-1962) began her love affair with Vasily Kandinsky in 1902 shortly after enrolling in his evening life classes with nude models at the Phalanx School. She had chosen the Phalanx because of her unhappiness with traditional art instruction.1 “There then,” she said, “I had a new artistic experience, how—unlike other teachers—Kandinsky explained things in detail, clearly, and treated me as though I were a consciously striving person who can set herself problems and goals.”2(p12) Soon after they met, the married Kandinsky found himself romantically attracted to her.3 In 1903, they were secretly engaged. Kandinsky and his wife formally separated in 1904, and he initiated protracted divorce proceedings through the orthodox church in Russia; the divorce was not finalized until 1911.

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Gabriele Münter (1877-1962), German. Cover image: Reflecting(Sinnende), 1917. Oil on canvas, 66 × 95 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (http://www.lenbachhaus.de), Munich, Germany. © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

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Gabriele Münter (1877-1962), German. Boating, 1910. Oil on canvas, 49¼ × 29 in. Milwaukee Art Museum (http://www.mam.org/collections/modernart_detail_munter.htm). Gift of Mrs Harry Lynde Bradley, M1977.128. © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

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