Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1981.36

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© Wassily Kandinsky / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Image provided by Blanton Museum of Art

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.

High auction record
£33.0m, Sotheby's, 2017
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2020
KandinskyGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
2018
Histoire(S) D'Une CollectionCentre Pompidou
2017
A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips CollectionKimbell Art Museum
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Die Grune Frauen [The Green Women], 1907

Linoleum cut printed in color with additional hand coloring
5 9/16 × 10 15/16 in
14.1 × 27.8 cm
Location
Austin
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Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1981.36

Medium
Image rights
© Wassily Kandinsky / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Image provided by Blanton Museum of Art

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.

High auction record
£33.0m, Sotheby's, 2017
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions (3)

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