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Wassily Kandinsky

(1866–1944) Russian-born painter who pioneered abstract painting. It was not until the age of thirty that Kandinsky decided to abandon an academic career that had begun ...

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..., Wassily ( 1866–1944 ) Russian painter and heorist . His experiments with abstraction were revolutionary. His early abstract paintings, including the many numbered Compositions , express great lyricism. From 1911 he was an active member of the Blaue Reiter . His writings, especially Concerning the Spiritual in Art ( 1914 ), show the influence of Oriental art philosophy. After World War 1, his work became more controlled. White Line ( 1920 ) and In the Black Circle ( 1921 ) show the beginnings of a refinement of geometrical form that...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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..., Wassily [ Vasili Vasilyevich ] (b. Moscow , 4 Dec. 1866 ; d. Neuilly-sur-Seine, France , 13 Dec. 1944 ) Painter . A pioneer who advocated a drama which elicited ‘inner spiritual vibrations’ in the spectator. Examples were his libretto Der gelbe Klang (‘The Yellow Sound’, 1912 ) and a production he staged in Dessau of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition ( 1928 ) in which the music evoked shapes and configurations of a purely abstract nature with scenes composing and dissolving in harmony with the music. He inspired the Bauhaus . Nick...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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..., Wassily ( 1866–1944 ) Russian-born painter who pioneered abstract painting. It was not until the age of thirty that Kandinsky decided to abandon an academic career that had begun with his appointment as lecturer in the faculty of law at the University of Moscow in 1893 . He left his native city in 1897 to study painting in Munich. The current avant-garde movement there was art nouveau, and Kandinsky's early work is characterized by the broad flat areas of colour and the rhythmic lines of this style. He travelled between 1903 and 1908 but...

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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..., Wassily ( 1866–1944 ). Russian-born painter, teacher, writer, and theorist, considered one of the most important pioneers of abstraction. At the age of 30 Kandinsky abandoned a promising legal career in Moscow to study painting in Munich. In 1901 he co-founded the avant-garde artists' association Phalanx, in whose school he also taught until 1903 . During the next five years he travelled widely around Europe and North Africa. His early Russian fairy-tale style, influenced by Jugendstil ( see Art Nouveau ), was superseded from 1908 by his...

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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..., Wassily ( 1866–1944 ), Russian painter . Wassily Kandinsky described in his memoir Reminiscences ( 1913 ) how, shortly after his return to Munich in 1908 , he had had a “revelation” of an unexpected and enchanting kind: I returned home [at dusk] having finished a study, still dreamy and absorbed in the work I had completed, and suddenly saw an indescribably beautiful picture, pervaded by an inner glow. At first, I stopped short and then quickly approached this mysterious picture, on which I could discern only forms and colors and whose content...

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

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...the demonstration afforded by Kandinsky's work that the free operation of line, plane, and color and their interactive power can serve in themselves as means of expressive communication proved its applicability across a wider front than simply his own kind of painting. It established itself as a more general principle of artistic practice that could be read back confirmingly into the art of other times and places. See also Abstraction ; Color ; and Modernism . Bibliography Work by Kandinsky Kandinsky, Wassily Kandinsky: Complete Writings on Art . Edited...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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..., Wassily ( b Moscow, 22 Nov. [4 Dec.] 1866 ; d Neuilly-sur-Seine, 13 Dec. 1944 ). Russian-born painter, printmaker, designer, teacher, and art theorist, who became a German citizen in 1927 and a French citizen in 1939 , one of the most important figures in the development of abstract art —as a theoretician as well as a practitioner. He abandoned a promising university career teaching law, partly under the impact of an exhibition in Moscow of French Impressionists , at which one of Monet ’s Haystack pictures made a powerful impression on...

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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.)

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..., Wassily ( 1866–1944 ) Russian -born painter , printmaker , designer , teacher , and art theorist , who became a German citizen in 1927 and a French citizen in 1939 . He was one of the most important figures in the development of the theory and practice of abstract art . He was born in Moscow, the son of a prosperous tea merchant, and grew up in Odessa. From 1886 to 1892 he studied law and economics at Moscow University and immediately after graduation began lecturing in law there. In 1895 he worked briefly as art director for a printing...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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..., Wassily ( b Moscow , 4 [16] Dec. 1866 ; d Neuilly-sur-Seine , 13 Dec. 1944 ). Russian -born painter , printmaker , designer , teacher , and writer , who became a German citizen in 1927 and a French citizen in 1939 , one of the most important figures in the development of abstract art , as a theoretician as well as a practitioner. He abandoned a promising university career teaching law, partly under the impact of an exhibition in Moscow of French Impressionists , at which one of Monet 's Haystack pictures made a powerful impression on...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky  

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(1866–1944)Russian-born painter who pioneered abstract painting.It was not until the age of thirty that Kandinsky decided to abandon an academic career that had begun with his appointment as lecturer ...
Petr Williams

Petr Williams  

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(Petr Vladimirovich Williams; born 17 [30] June 1902 in Moscow, died 1 December 1947 in Moscow), Russian scenery and costume designer. Williams studied painting with Wassily Kandinsky and Konstantin ...
Inkhuk

Inkhuk  

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(an abbreviation of Institut Khudozhestvennoi Kulturi, ‘Institute of Artistic Culture’)An organization set up in Moscow in 1920 to determine the course of artistic experiment in post-Revolutionary ...
Moderne Kunstkring

Moderne Kunstkring  

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(Dutch: ‘Modern Art Circle’)A society of Dutch artists founded in 1910 by the painter and critic Conrad Kikkert (1882–1965) with the aim of bringing modern developments from Paris (where Kikkert had ...
Frank Whitford

Frank Whitford  

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(1941– )British writer, teacher, and broadcaster, born in Bishopstoke, Hampshire. He studied at Wadham College, Oxford, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and the Freie Universität, West Berlin. ...
Ernst Meister

Ernst Meister  

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(Hagen-Haspe, Westphalia, 1911–79, Hagen),had a strict Protestant upbringing and in compliance with his father's wishes began to study theology. After his first year in Marburg a religious crisis ...
Phalanx

Phalanx  

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An association of artists organized in Munich in 1901 in opposition to the conservative views of the Academy and the Sezession. Kandinsky was one of the founders of the association and its leading ...
Die Blaue Vier

Die Blaue Vier  

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A group of four painters—Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, and Klee—formed in 1924 at the instigation of the German art dealer Galka Scheyer (1889–1945) with the aim of promoting their work abroad ...

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