Fine Art Picks: Wassily Kandinsky, Part One

by | Jul 18, 2018

Wassily Kandinsky shouldn’t be heralded as an abstract artist. He was born in obscurity and died in France at the height of World War II. However, his talent as well as his ability to change and move through different periods of his art as he matured as a man and an artist makes his art appealing to a lot of people. Kandinsky used a great deal of influences in his work, from the nature settings and impressionism of Monet to the abstract artists of the European schools and Picasso. Because Kandinsky had six major periods of art and reflection in his long life, we can offer many different types of art available to welcome into your home.


Kandinsky’s paintings during his youth reveal a love of nature and natural surroundings. His studies in college led him to play with color and symbolism as a canvas for his expression. He was fascinated with color, especially bright colors, and he used those in his early paintings, such as “Munich-Schwabing with the Church of St. Ursula” demonstrates his love of repetitive color. Many artists found here also are fascinated with repetitive color. In his early pieces, Kandinsky still has blurred forms and figures. John Clark is an example of works in the early Kandinsky style. Clark’s works, such as “Aloe” and “Fire and Ice” exhibit both Kandinsky’s and Clark’s love of nature and flora. You can still see the definition of different flowers, but there are elements of impressionism here as well.


Kandinsky shifted from pseudo-impressionism with abstract elements into crisper takes on nature as he traveled around Europe and found inspiration from many different art masters. Although the drawings are crisper, the colors are still bright and take precedence over much of the paintings. One example of Kandinsky’s continued movement away from impressionism and towards other expressions is “Autumn in Bavaria”, but he has others that are representative of his work during this period, such as “Houses in Munich” and “Odessa Port”.  Representative pieces of this period of Kandinsky’s life can be found here.

The Blue Rider Period

It is the Blue Rider Period that Kandinsky begins the true transition from pseudo-impressionistic to abstract artist. He begins to experiment with no lines or forms, and the use of abstract images. During this period, some of his works had bright colorful features, while other examples during the period reflect a darker hue.

Artists used the Blue Rider Period of Kandinsky to experiment with color and substance as well. Examples of experimentation can be found here.

Kandinsky is not merely a representation of an artist shown in the movie “Double Jeopardy”, but is an amazing artist with several periods of influence. Any of the early Kandinsky pieces, which are represented here, would illuminate periods of your life that you want to highlight, or pieces of art that speak to you as an individual. One of the wonderful things about abstract art is that each person views it differently, and sees the art differently based on their experiences, which makes abstract art unique among other art forms.


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