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Untitled, 1923

Vasily Kandinsky

Russian, 1866-1944
Watercolor and India ink on wove paper from sketch pad
18-1/2 x 16-3/4 in. (47.0 x 42.5 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
© Norton Simon Museum

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At the Bauhaus, Kandinsky's style was characterized by a cooler, more geometric and "architectural" sensitivity. Yet even in the creative environment of the Bauhaus, Kandinsky at times felt alienated, as he wrote to Galka Scheyer in 1925, "It is not easy to 'get to the bottom' of my work and to sense what is living beneath the often very uncommunicative form. . . . I experience the same thing every time I progress a step further. For every new step forward a chorus of disappointed friends chants: 'Why don't you continue to paint as you did before?' And there often come times of great loneliness."

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