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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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1961 original poster by Wassily Kandinsky at the Galerie Karl Flinker
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in PARIS, FR
In 1961, the Galerie Karl Flinker became a vibrant hub of artistic exploration as it welcomed visitors to an extraordinary exhibition featuring the visionary works of Wassily Kandins...
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1960s Wassily Kandinsky

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Paper, Lithograph

1972 Original poster by Kandinsky Aquarelles et Dessins at the Galerie Berggruen
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in PARIS, FR
The original exhibition poster by Kandinsky, titled "Aquarelles et Dessins," showcased the artist's mastery of watercolors and drawings at the esteemed Galerie Berggruen in 1972. Was...
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1970s Wassily Kandinsky

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Paper, Lithograph

Composition (Roethel 201), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Signed in the block, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 5-6, 1...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

"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

Bogenschütze (Roethel 79), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Unsigned, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 1938. Publishe...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

Zwei Reiter vor Rot (Roethel 95), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Unsigned, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 1938. Publishe...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

Schwarzer Fleck (Roethel 145), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Signed in the block, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 193...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

Orientalisches (Roethel 106), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Unsigned, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 1938. Publishe...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky

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Woodcut

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