Wassily Kandinsky

  • Accent in Pink - Wassily Kandinsky

    Accent in Pink

    0 out of 5

    – At this point Kandinsky had evolved to doing pure abstraction, very different to his earlier works
    – Kandinsky was teaching at the Bauhaus at the time of this painting

  • Black Spot

    Black Spot, 1912

    0 out of 5

    – Kandinsky claimed to see colors when he heard music, and once said “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings”

  • Blue Rider

    Blue Rider, 1903

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    – Important painting of the period before Kandinsky began his abstacts
    – The name of the painting is also the name of the artist movement he helped found

  • Composition IX - Wassily Kandinsky

    Composition IX

    0 out of 5

    – At this point in his career Kandinsky didn’t even need to plan the art or do preliminary sketches, and just painted this directly, revealing his vision
    – Despite its appearance, the artist denied that this is a surrealist piece

  • Composition V

    Composition V, 1911

    0 out of 5

    – A huge and important painting
    – Categorizing this piece is difficult…is it absstract, nonobjective, or an “absolute painting”?

  • Composition VII

    Composition VII, 1913

    0 out of 5

    – Regarded as his best pre-WWI work
    – Numerous sketches and draft paintings preparing for this work illustrate the amount of thought and work that went into it

  • Composition X

    Composition X, 1939

    0 out of 5

    – Another fine example of the similarities between art and music
    – Unusually for Kandinsky, the color black is quite dominant. He had an aversion to the color black and the use of it here was done with a clear reason

  • Development in Brown

    Development in Brown, 1933

    0 out of 5

    – Somber painting perhaps representative of the colors of the uniforms of his Nazi detractors
    – The Bauhaus, where he was based, was closed at the time of this piece as a result of the regime’s policies

  • First Abstract Watercolor

    First Abstract Watercolor, 1910

    0 out of 5
    • The first pure abstract watercolor by Kandinsky
    • An example of the artist’s progression away from more traditional art towards pure abstract
  • Fragment for Composition VII

    Fragment for Composition VII, 1913

    0 out of 5

    – This is a study for the later complete finished Composition VII
    – The final piece is in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow

  • Fugue

    Fugue, 1914

    0 out of 5

    – Sold for $20.9 million at a 1990 Sotheby’s auction
    – Almost organic at first look but the interpretation is in the eye of the viewer

  • Improvisation 26

    Improvisation 26, 1926

    0 out of 5

    – Wonderful blend of colors and elements
    – Improvisation with heavy musical influence

  • Improvisation 31

    Improvisation 31, Sea Battle, 1913

    0 out of 5

    – Abstract but actually shows two ships in combat
    – According to the artist, it represents “a terrible struggle . . . going on in the spiritual atmosphere”

  • On White II

    On White II, 1923

    0 out of 5

    – The colors, primarily black and white, and the mixture of shapes represent the many opportunities of life battling the non-existence and death
    – One of the artist’s most famous works

  • Riding Couple

    Riding Couple, 1907

    0 out of 5

    – Unusual painted style in this piece yet the content is clear. A real work of art
    – Different to the type of painting for which he is most famous, perhaps a step in the evolution of Kandinsky!


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