October 23, 2009

Daytrip to Murnau am Staffelsee

My grandma, Safta Tzipi, came into town on Tuesday so I stayed with her and the fam at Na'ama's house for a couple days. On Wednesday, we had some great weather and took a daytrip to Murnau and Staffelsee, a lake nearby the town. Murnau is known for being the artists community for Der Blaue Reiter group, including Kandinsky, Gabriela Muenter, Franz Marc, and others.

We actually did see some of their work in the Schlossmuseum, but I couldn't take any photos. Kandinsky didn't have any of his famous works in there with his geometric angles and wild colors, but I ended up finding new artists to love: Gabriela Muenter and Franz Marc. Muenter was Kandinsky's partner for a while until he went back to Russia and married someone else (she ended up with an art historian herself). She painted a lot of Murnau--which as you'll see from the pictures below--is a beautiful city with a great view of the Alps. Franz Marc also painted with bright, vibrant colors and tended to focus on horses and wildlife in his work. It was nice to get out of the city for a while.

View of the town and the mountains from the Schlossmuseum
The snow-covered peaks of the Alps!
Colorful little houses going down to the lake, which is below the Alps.

This is where we took a break--on the banks of the Staffelsee

with the sun shining down on us.

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