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Studio Sunday: Wassily Kandinsky


An old black and white photo of Wassily Kandinsky working on a painting


It’s Studio Sunday! Today we’re taking a look inside the personal studio of Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky is best known as one of the pioneers of abstract art, using impressionism as a starting point and eventually finding a way of working that allowed him to compose images entirely from his own imagination. 

 

Kandinsky’s studio space, seen in the images, was a rather tight space, packed with books and bottles of pigment, with sketches and paintings, perhaps for inspiration, crammed onto the walls. There is a cozy feeling to this studio, a romanticized early-20th-century study, complete with the image of the artist hunched over their writing or drawing table.

 

While Kandinsky is known for his artworks, he was something of a renaissance man and produced a great deal of writing as well as a few works of experimental theatre, plays based on different colours. These forays into different disciplines helped inform his overall practice – the series of plays led Kandinsky to start veering away from representation in his paintings, creating a series of works (Improvisations) that were more like abstracted versions of representational forms. He carried on in this style for several more years, finally arriving at a style that left behind all notions of representation, instead focusing on the spiritual, expressionistic nature of creating a painting.


Wassily Kandinsky reading the label on a bottle of pigment in his studio

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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