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Kandinsky: Russian and Bauhaus Years: 1915–1933

Kandinsky: Russian and Bauhaus Years: 1915–1933

Clark V. Poling
Published in 1983
360 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 8.50 x 10 inches

Documenting the second installment of three exhibitions which chronicled Kandinsky’s work through the places he lived (the others being Kandinsky in Munich and Kandinsky in Paris), this catalogue explores a period of the artist's most prominent exploration into nonobjective painting. The catalogue includes an essay by Clark V. Poling along with a bibliography, chronology, and over 250 color and black-and-white images of works by Kandinsky and his contemporaries. This catalogue is best understood in the context of the other two catalogues, providing a more complete investigation into Kandinsky's life.


Viewed from the perspective of his entire career, the seven years Kandinsky spent in Russia occasioned a transition in his art from the expressionist abstraction of the immediately preceding Munich years to the geometric style of his Bauhaus period. A parallel shift in his theoretical work began to occur in Russia as he increasingly emphasized the objective characteristics of formal elements and the principles of their use. This change was to be reflected in his teaching and writing at the Bauhaus from 1922 to 1933.

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