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Severe in Sweet, 1928

Vasily Kandinsky

Russian, 1866-1944
Watercolor and colored ink on laid paper
16-7/8 x 12-1/8 in. (42.9 x 30.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
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Having grown up in an atmosphere of icons, with their magical, rather than imitative, significance, Kandinsky did not share the Western European commitment to the tradition of illusionistic depth. This freedom probably helped him to detach a picture's composition from its original content, without regard to perspective. This principle of an autonomous composition was the first step toward abstract painting.

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