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Murnau. Summer Landscape. 1909

Kandinsky Vasili,
Oil on cardboard
34 х 46

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1926 из собрания А. А. Коровина, Ленинград


In autumn 1908, a new stage began in Kandinsky’swork. Together with Gabriele Münter, helived in Murnau, in a small settlement in the BavarianAlps, 50 kilometers from Munich, on the invitationof Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne vonWerefkin. The artist’s works from these yearsdemonstrate his familiarity with the works of theFrench fauvists, which he saw not long before thistime in Paris. Summer Landscape, like the others hepainted in Murnau, is distinguished by the heightenedactivity of colour that does not seek to resemblenature, but instead reflect the artist’s emotions.They correspond to the famous approximate volumesand contours that have a tendency to be, ifnot fully independent from the natural subject,largely free, that preceded the emergence of Kandinsky’s abstract compositions.

Author's Biography

Kandinsky Vasili

Kandinsky, Wassily (Vasily Vasilyevich)
1866, Moscow - 1944, Neuillysur-Seine (France)
Painter, graphic artist, book illustrator, writer on painting and poetry. Studied law and political economy at the Moscow University (1885-93). Studied art at Anton Aube's private studio (1896-97) and the Akademie Franz von Stuck in Munich (1900). One of the founders of the Phalanx group (1901), organised the Neue Kimst-lervereinigung in Munich (1909). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Jack of Diamonds (1910, 1912), Der blaue Reiter (1911-12) and Galerie Der Strum (1913). Worked for Department of An, People's Commissariat of Education (1918), headed the Museum of Painterly Culture in Moscow (1919-20). Emigrated to Germany (1921) and France (1933).

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