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Wassily Kandinsky is one of the most influential and well-known Russian artists of the early 20th century. He was known for producing some of the earliest pieces of abstract art, and over his lifetime he painted in a wide range of styles, from impressionism to abstract. One of the main figures in The Blue Rider movement, Kandinsky challenged many traditional preconceptions about art and pushed the boundaries of visual representation.
The State Trekyakov Gallery in Moscow owns the largest collection of Kandinsky paintings in Russia. This collection includes Composition VII (1913), which is considered Kandinsky’s masterpiece. Many pieces in the collection were painted during Kandinsky’s Blue Rider period in Germany, and after his return to Russia from Germany, which was just before the Russian Revolution. The social and political turmoil of that period is reflected in his paintings, which can be compared to the purely theoretical and experimental pieces of the Blue Rider period.
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The Museum of Modern Art would not be complete without a collection of paintings by Kandinsky, one of the pioneers of abstract art. Displayed in the gallery Painting and Sculpture I is White – Soft and Hard (1932), a striking piece of white and black seemingly meaningless shapes. The stark contrast between the colors and the and neat lines are more of Kandinsky’s cutting-edge work in developing abstract art. Kandinsky painted this just before he left Germany for France before the start of World War II.
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