Line music / sound

Panel for Edwin R. Campbell, Wassily Kandinsky

 

1914

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Wassily Kandinsky,

Panel for Edwin R. Campbell, 1914

Oil on canvas,

New York, The Museum of Modern Art.

Fonds Mrs Simon Guggenheim , 1954

© The Museum of Modern Art, New-York © Adagp, Paris 2015 pour l'oeuvre de Wassily Kandinsky © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage.

WASSILY KANDINSKY, Panel for Edwin R. Campbell

No. 1 and No. 3, 1914

Oil on canvas

New York, The Museum of Modern Art

Fonds Mrs. Simon Guggenheim

Panel for Edwin R. Campbell

No. 2 and No. 4, 1914

Oil on canvas

New York, The Museum of Modern Art

This series of four panels was commissioned in 1914 by the founder of the Chevrolet Motor Company for his New York apartment. Although sometimes seen as a kind of cycle of the seasons, they are more comparable to the structural movements of a symphony and mark the height of Kandinsky’s period of expressive abstraction. The artist did not seek to ‘paint music’ but rather to liberate painting from any reference to the visible world. In this striving for a definitively abstract ‘absolute’ painting, the use of white, the ‘prime colour’– which dominates here – is decisive. Behind the apparent chaos Kandinsky makes the ‘music of the spheres’ ring out.

Life:


Moscow 4 December 1866 – Neuilly-sur-Seine 3 December 1944

For more information about the artist, please click here.

Provenance : Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)