Kandinsky and Expressionist Painting before World War I


This exhibition highlights the work of Kandinsky, an artist who has been closely linked to the history of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and to whom this gallery is dedicated.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States.
From Thursday 01 January 2009 to Sunday 01 January 2012

Published by Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, NY on Friday 06 March 2009.
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The work of Post-Impressionists, such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and the Fauves, and the Cubists in Paris, all informed the development of Expressionist art in the years immediately preceding World War I. From Vasily Kandinsky to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, artists who came to be associated with Expressionism sought to convey the communicative force of color through vibrantly hued canvases and bold forms.

The connections among these different artists were severed with the 1914 outbreak of World War I. Nonetheless, the postwar period saw the reunion of Kandinsky, Klee, and Jawlensky, who together with Lyonel Feininger formed the Blue Four group in the United States. It was then that these artists were able to pursue their color theories with renewed vigor.