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Future (Woman in Stockholm)

Future (Woman in Stockholm)

(German, 1877–1962)
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

Did You Know?

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.
  • Gabriele Münter Estate, Munich
    Purchased from Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, by Mr. Frank E. Taplin Jr. in 1963
    Mr. Frank E. [1916-2003] and Mrs. Frank E. [1914-2011] Taplin, Jr., given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Turner, Evan H. “The Year in Review for 1992.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 80, no. 2 (February 1993): 38–79. Mentioned: p. 66, no. 52
    Heller, Reinhold. Gabriele Münter: The Years of Expressionism, 1903-1920. Munich, Germany: Prestel, 1997. Reproduced: p. 161
    Jiminez, Jill Berk, and Joanna Banham. Dictionary of Artists' Models. London, United Kingdom: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. Reproduced: p. 281
    Hille, Karoline. Gabriele Münter: die Künstlerin mit der Zauberhand. Köln, Germany: DuMont Buchverlag, 2012. Reproduced: p. 186, 261
    Cleveland Museum of Art. Masterworks on Loan: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Cleveland Museum of Art: July Through September 2016. [Cleveland]: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2016. p. 18-19
    Jansen, Isabelle. "'Ohne Respekt vor dem Menschen ist kein wahres Bildnis möglich.' Die Beduetung der Menschendarstellung für Gabriele Münter." In Gabriele Münter, Menschenbilder : eine Ausstellung in Kooperation mit der Gabriele Münter- und Johannes Eichner-Stiftung, München, und der Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, edited by Kathrin Baumstark, 30-41. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2023. Reproduced: p. 36, fig. 6
  • Monet to Dalí: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Beijing World Art Museum, China (May 26-August 27, 2006); Mori Art Center (September 16-November 26, 2006); Seoul Art Center, South Korea (December 22, 2006-March 28, 2007); Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, South Korea (April 7-May 20, 2007); Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (June 9-September 16, 2007); The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 21, 2007-January 13, 2008); Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN (February 15-June 1, 2008); Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (June 22-September 21, 2008); The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (October 12, 2008-January 18, 2009).
    Gabriele Münter: The Years of Expressionism, 1900-1920. Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (organizer) (December 5, 1997-March 1, 1998); Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH (April 18-June 21, 1998); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (July 13-September 20, 1998); Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (October 20-December 23, 1998).
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