Münter

I like the idea of Fauvism, apparently just not Fauvism itself.

When I can't decide if I like an artist's work or not is usually a good indication it was in fact quite good. It pushes past the line of esthetics and decoration into the realm of artistry. It is making a question, not a statement. Gabriele Münter's works seems to ask questions, a lot of them.

Having said that I've found myself having difficulty enjoying her work as much as I'd hoped. At times it seemed simplistic and almost animation-like in it's immediacy. Yet slightly surreal and visually curious. Thing didn't seem to always line up esthetically for me I think. I can't decide.

What I can say is I'm not a fan of landscapes, portraitures, representational works. This isn't the truth of her work, of course, but it does set me up for a little less enjoyment. It's not fair to write such things, not at all. It is however my initial reaction to her work upon first viewing: too much simplistic representation. Perhaps I'm in a mood today? Perhaps I just don't like it? Perhaps I just don't get it? Perhaps I need to come back again when there's a little less people. Perhaps.

Ultimately my trip to Louisiana this month was about finally getting to see some examples of Fauvism. Up to this point I've been exposed to so very little. While I admit I was only marginally more attracted to her works than the previous trip's exposure to Picasso's ceramics - I can connect with her work whereas Picasso's not so much. It looks as if I'll have to return and see the exhibition again. See if all these heavy-handed thoughts hold up on second viewing.

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