Wassily Kandinsky, ‘Composition in red and black’, 1920, ARS/Art Resource
Wassily Kandinsky, ‘Composition in red and black’, 1920, ARS/Art Resource

About Wassily Kandinsky

An early champion of abstract painting, Wassily Kandinsky is known for his lyrical style and innovative theories on nonfigurative art. In his 1910 treatise Concerning the Spiritual In Art, Kandinsky made famous his belief that abstract colors and forms can be used to express the “inner life” of the artist. Kandinsky taught this and other lessons at the Bauhaus, the historic Weimar institution that brought together artists including Joseph Albers, Lazlo Maholy-Nagy, and Piet Mondrian, amongst others. Kandinsky had a strong interest in the relationship between art and classical music, this theme apparent in his orchestral Composition VI (1913), where colliding forms and colors move across the canvas. In 1911 Kandinsky played a central role in organizing Der Blaue Reiter, a group of artists named in part after Kandinsky’s favorite color, blue.

Russian, 1866-1944, Moscow, Russia, based in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Fort Worth,
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Isselbacher Gallery at IFPDA Print Fair 2017
2017
Harris Schrank Fine Prints at IFPDA Print Fair 2017
2016
Harris Schrank Fine Prints at IFPDA Print Fair 2016
2015
Harris Schrank Fine Prints at IFPDA Print Fair 2015
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