Born in Berlin in 1877, Gabriele Münter studied in Düsseldorf at the Malschule für Damen in 1897. After completing her studies in Düsseldorf, she traveled, with her family, to the United States, visiting St. Louis and New York. She returned to Germany in 1901 and studied at the Künstlerinnen- Verein in Munich.
In 1902 Münter enrolled in Kandinsky’s newly formed school, associated with the Phalanx group. There she learned more about the Arts and Crafts movement in the tradition of Jugenstil. She attended Kandinsky’s painting classes and landscape courses under his guidance in 1902 and 1903.
Münter and Kandinsky traveled throughout Europe from 1904 to 1908 and Münter was especially influenced by a visit to France where she became acquainted with Impressionism. She exhibited with the Neue Künstlervereinigung München group and with Jawlensky in 1909.
Some of Münter’s prints were published in Der Sturm and some of her paintings were included in the Brookyn Museum’s International Exhibition of Modern Art Show in 1926. Münter is, perhaps, best known for her color linocuts.