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Gabriele Münter

An image of the painting Autumn Trees in Tutzing by Gabriele Münter

Gabriele Münter founded the Blaue Reiter group in 1911, together with other German artists such as Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Her early work such as Autumn Trees in Tutzing show heightened atmospheric qualities influenced by French Impressionist painting, while later works show a tendency toward simplification of forms, bright colors, and the use of black outlines.

Mark Rothko

An example of a painting in the style of radical abstraction by Mark Rothko

Although his early work featured human figures, Mark Rothko began to pursue radical abstraction in the late 1940s, and by 1950 he was creating the luminous color field paintings for which he would become known. Rothko insisted that his work was not a form of self-expression but a means of communicating his ideas about the condition of humankind.

With this update, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists publishes 13 updates to biographies of artists whose work appears frequently in the market, as well as interviews with contemporary artists as part of an ongoing series on OUPBlog.

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Benezit continues to feature new and revised biographies of women artists, as well as updates to articles on top-selling figures in today’s art market.