Bagatelles of Wassily Kandinsky


On the 20th of December The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will open a compelling exhibition dedicated, once again, to 150th anniversary of the artist. This exhibition will include small watercolours, drawings, and glass pictures created in 1915-1920 by the artist returned to his native land. In 1914 The First World War was started, and naturally, all Russian citizens were forced to leave Germany. In Moscow Kandinsky plunged in an atmosphere of post-revolutionary free spirit and actively involved both in creative, teaching and organization activity.

SHIP, 1918
Reverse glass painting
9.7 x 12.2" (24.7 x 31.0 cm)

Hinterglasmalerei is a folk Bavarian technique which fascinated Kandinsky yet in 1911. It is reverse oil painting on glass. It means that an artist draws ‘vice versa’ taking into account perception of a viewer. Narrative scenes with ladies and cavaliers, horse riders and amazons painted in the style of early symbolism works called by the artist bagatelles.

In addition, at the exhibition a wonderful selection of graphic works, watercolours, and even art and craft items can be seen. One of the represented watercolours is famous To the Unknown Voice, devoted to Nina Andreevskaya, future wife of the artist whom he met in 1916 in Moscow.

Most part of the works was provided by different Russian museums and private collections. The exhibition will be opened till February 12, 2017.

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