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Open Green, 1923

Vasily Kandinsky

Russian, 1866-1944
Oil on canvas
38-1/4 x 38-1/4 in. (97.2 x 97.2 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Beginning in 1922, Vasily Kandinsky served as head of the Bauhaus art and design school’s mural painting workshop. His style in this period was characterized by an “architectural” sensitivity, as his characteristically precise forms and emerging geometric style developed in a context that welcomed his artistic and theoretical activities. Kandinsky taught form and color theory, and wrote about the character of color, saying that “absolute green is the most peaceful color there is: it does not move in any direction, has no overtones of joy or sorrow or passion, demands nothing, calls out to no one.”

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