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From "Kandinsky Xylographies" Portfolio Frontcover. 1909. Paris

Kandinsky Vasili. From Table of Contents. From Birds. From Church. From Knights. From Women in the Woods. From Birches. From

Kandinsky Vasili,
Xylograph on wove paper
4,5 x 9,9

K-Gallery, St Petersburg


Fond of fairy tales from childhood, Kandinsky at various periods in his life turned to subjects inspired by folk legends, lubok pictures, the painted decor of wooden objects, artists’ illustrations and other sources. As a rule, Kandinsky did not illustrate concrete literary sources in these works; instead, he created his own personal variation on the fairy tale, folk song or lubok drawing in question. But the medium chosen by the artist here, the xylography, testifies in itself to his desire to move closer to popular art and find a place in traditional culture for his work.

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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