|Because the official art academies in Munich and Dusseldorf were closed to women, Munter had to study elsewhere.For awhile she studied at the Phalanx School, that was founded by Kandinsky. There she was introduced to Post-Impressionism and to the technique of combining marks made with a palette knife and a brush. Munter's professional relationship with Kandinsky developed into a personal one, and the two lived together for more than a decade. She was one of the first artist to exhibit with the German Expressionist group known as the Blue Rider. After Munter separated from him, her painting underwent a fallow period during the 1920's. When the Nazis came to power her work like that of her modernist contemporaries- was condemned as degenerate. Her paintings include many powerful landscapes and figure studies as well as striking still lifes.