Artwork from the JSP Estate/Private Collection

 

Nationality

Russian

Artist Dates

1866-1944

Title of Work

Comets

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Date of Work

1938

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Signed in plate

Height

13 1/2"

Width

9 3/4"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection

Status

Displayed: SMHS Art Gallery, 2nd Floor

Location

School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building

Artist Bio

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter born in 1866 in Moscow. Kandinsky originally studied law at the University of Moscow and became a prominent faculty member but abandoned his career in 1896 to devote his life to painting. This was after he had viewed Monet's "Haystacks", which changed his views about the properties of color. Kandinsky is best known for founding the artist group called the Blue Rider in 1911, his involvement at Bauhaus and his theories on color. His works can be defined as brightly colored, abstract pieces. In some cases there are indicators of his love for Russia hidden in his paintings as well as his relation of works of music to color. Works by Wassily Kandinsky can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Phillips Collection, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and many other collections internationally.

Additional Information

Kandinsky created Comets in 1938 for Verve Magazine. During this time Kandinsky had fled Germany after a Nazi smear campaign against the art school he was teaching at called Bauhaus. While in Paris Kandinsky began to feel increasingly isolated and underwent a noticeable shift in his art style.

His work began to express more biomorphic shapes and elements and take on softer tones. During this time many of his works often convey a more peaceful, listless tone.

Text and additional lithography verso. Created for Verve Magazine in 1938.

Work included in 'School of Paris' exhibition, 2019.

Condition

Very Good

Condition Notes

Glue on verso

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