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Improvisation No. 29 (The Swan)

Vasily Kandinsky, French (born Russia), 1866 - 1944

Made in Germany, Europe


Oil on canvas

41 3/4 x 38 3/16 inches (106 x 97 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 268, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor (Kaiserman Gallery)

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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In his paintings and writings, Kandinsky expressed the belief that painting could be a form of visual music. This musical analogy led the artist to categorize his works as Impressions, Improvisations, or Compositions, depending on the degree of spontaneity or formalization.This Improvisation is built on subtle color harmonies applied with an agility that derives from Kandinsky’s rich experience working in watercolor.

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