Oil on canvas
Framed: 114.3 x 81.3 x 7 cm (45 x 32 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 97.5 x 63.8 cm (38 3/8 x 25 1/8 in.); Former: 123.8 x 89.9 x 6.4 cm (48 3/4 x 35 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Taplin, Jr. 1992.96
The black outlines on the figure and objects in this scene are reminiscent of stained glass.
Münter was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a German Expressionist group formed in Munich in 1911. She moved to Stockholm in 1915 when the group dispersed during World War I. This painting belongs to a series of studies of women in various psychological states. The bright, luminous colors convey the joyful anticipation of a woman contemplating her future after receiving a letter from her fiancé.
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