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Wassily Kandinsky

Russian, 1866-1944

“Color is a means of exerting a direct influence upon the soul,” wrote the pioneering abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. The Russian-born painter and theorist dedicated his life to using abstract compositions of form and color to express deep emotion as well as to depict the language of music through visuals.

Kandinsky was part of a crucial moment in art history — the early 20th century — that saw the rise of movements like Cubism. He embraced styles such as Surrealism and Fauvism and was a leading figure in bringing together Der Blaue Reiter (the name means “The Blue Rider” after one of Kandinsky’s paintings) in 1911, a group of avant-garde artists in Munich, including Paul Klee and Franz Marc, who explored spiritual concepts through their art as a response to the materialism of the time. Kandinsky also led courses on analytical drawing and color at the Bauhaus. He was appointed by founder and architect Walter Gropius to teach in Weimar in 1922. He taught at all three of the legendary school’s locations and remained with the institution until its forced closure by the Nazi party in Berlin.

The artist had the rare and unusual trait of synesthesia, the neurological ability to perceive things using multiple senses. In Kandinsky’s case, it was the gift of “seeing” music, and music appeared in every aspect of his work, including the titles of his series “Compositions,” “Improvisations” and “Impressions.” He once described the experience of painting using a musical metaphor: “I had little thought for houses and trees, drawing colored lines and blobs on the canvas with my palette knife, and making them sing just as powerfully as I knew how.”

While Kandinsky isn’t the first abstract artist — mystically inclined painter Hilma af Klint was making nonrepresentational art well before him — he certainly had the biggest impact on establishing the style. His paintings inspired the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and other Abstract Expressionists. From his Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor) painted in 1910 to future works, his unique take on using color and flair for bold, experimental compositions, Kandinsky is one of the most important figures of early-20th-century art.

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"Motif aus Improvisation 25: The Garden of Love" - Original woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Paris, FR
Vassily KANDINSKY Woodcut print Second edition for 'XXe Siecle' the first edition was done in 1938 Printed signature (monogram) in the plate On vellum 31 x 24 cm (c. 12.5 x 10 inc...
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1950s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

1990 Wassily Kandinsky 'At Once' Expressionism Multicolor France Lithograph
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 30.25 x 21.75 inches ( 76.835 x 55.245 cm ) Image Size: 24 x 16.25 inches ( 60.96 x 41.275 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Shipping and Handling: We ship World...
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1990s Wassily Kandinsky

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Lithograph

Wassily Kandinsky 'Bauhaus' Expressionism France Lithograph
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 25.25 x 18 inches ( 64.135 x 45.72 cm ) Image Size: 19.5 x 14.75 inches ( 49.53 x 37.465 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Shipping and Handling: We ship Worldwi...
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Mid-20th Century Wassily Kandinsky

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Lithograph

2017 Wassily Kandinsky 'Tension in Height (No text)' Expressionism Multicolor Ge
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 37.25 x 26.25 inches ( 94.615 x 66.675 cm ) Image Size: 35.5 x 24.5 inches ( 90.17 x 62.23 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Shipping and Handling: We ship World...
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2010s Wassily Kandinsky

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Offset

1994 Wassily Kandinsky 'Grun' Expressionism Multicolor,Gray Offset Lithograph
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 31.5 x 23.5 inches ( 80.01 x 59.69 cm ) Image Size: 27.25 x 19 inches ( 69.215 x 48.26 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: Printed in Italy by Nu...
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1990s Wassily Kandinsky

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Offset

Holzschnitt für die Ganymed-Mappe (from Der Dritten Ganymed-Mappe)
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed in pencil, from the edition of 100. Woodcut on Japan paper with Advertisers Text watermark. Image size: 5.875 x 7.875 inches. Sheet size: 9.375 x 12.375 inches. Published...
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1920s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

Plate 12
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed in the block with the artist's initials lower left (printed) From: 10 Origin First edition 100, published by Allianz-Verlag, Zurich, 1942 This from the 1975 edition publish...
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1970s Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

Plate 12
H 8.32 in. W 6.63 in.
1969 Wassily Kandinsky 'Reciprocal Accords' Expressionism Multicolor Offset
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 15 x 22 inches ( 38.1 x 55.88 cm ) Image Size: 15 x 22 inches ( 38.1 x 55.88 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional Detai...
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1960s Wassily Kandinsky

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Offset

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