Study for Improvisation V, 1910

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Gift of Bruce B. Daytonexpand_more  67.34.2

This landscape evokes Biblical stories of the Apocalypse, which foretold Christ's second coming. In the foreground, a woman in blue kneels before a tall figure with streaming golden hair, possibly Christ, while in the background two horsemen of the Apocalypse vault a fence.

As a pioneer of abstract painting, Vassily Kandinsky thought art could make inner truths visible. An "improvisation," he said, was "a largely unconscious, spontaneous expression of inner character," or "non-material (i.e., spiritual) nature." Kandinsky wanted painting to function like music, using colors and forms like melodies and rhythms—abstractly—to summon emotion.

Frame: Gift of Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany.



Kandinsky, Study for Improvisation V (#391)
Study for Improvisation V
Artist Life
French, born Russia, 1866–1944
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Roethel, 329.
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