Wassily Kandinsky Paintings

Kandinsky paintings are exceptional examples of Abstract art from the 19th and 20th century at a time when Wassily Kandinsky was at the forefront of the rise in modern art which was to lead to all the different contemporary paintings and movements that we can enjoy today.

Kandinskypaintings.org covers all of his finest paintings alongside information on the life and career of this skilled and innovative painter. Those interested can also find more Kandinsky paintings here.

Wassily Kandinsky was an exceptionally intelligent man who spent alot of his early life as a teacher before heading into art where he initially took time to develop the style which was to become so recognisable by the end of his career. It was not until he was 30 did Kandinsky start to produce paintings as a result of his art studies which were to help develop Wassily into an artist.

Kandinsky paintings predominantly follow his abstract approach which is part of the broader movement of expressionism which includes predominantly artists from the late 19th century up to the present day. The likes of Franz Marc, Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock all fall into the expressionist category although it is fair to say that their own paintings do not look that similar to those of Russian Wassily Kandinsky.

The abstract expressionist style of Wassily Kandinsky is remembered for it's complex arrangements of contemporary objects and shapes, normally made out of clear primary colours or sometimes with gradients.

Many of these objects would be grouped together to give the illusion of actual real things, though only after careful examination meaning the many Kandinsky paintings are interesting pieces with great longevity.

Wassily Kandinsky paintings are seen frequently in high profile exhibitions across Europe and North America in the present day. The original paintings are also highly sought after as reproductions for his thousands of fans around the world, with them normally opting for copies in the forms of framed art prints, posters and stretched canvases for their own home and office walls.

Wassily Kandinsky was a highly intelligent individual who was also a theorist within art, which was unusual when compared to other abstract artists who commonly sought simplicity within their own style. One common hallmark of an artist with a strong legacy, though, is someone who questions the status quo and looks into his own paintings deeply, and Kandinsky is certainly someone who did that.

Kandinsky's theorism went to the extent of publishing several books of his research findings and the artist was also to be strongly linked to the Bauhaus movement which was itself a group who looked deeply into the construction of art within society at that time. The artist later became part of the Die Blaue Vier (Blue Four), with Klee, Feininger and von Jawlensky, which was formed in 1923. It was around this time that Kandinsky started to feel more comfortable displaying his work in the USA as Europe became increasingly unstable and hostile.

For those interested in the early days of Kandinsky's career as his style progressed from experimental beginnings, Der Blaue Reiter is probably the best known painting of this time, coming along in 1903. Der Blaue Reiter contrasts massively to his later abstract works and features a man riding across a landscape on a horse, with a colourful background. The natural qualities of this painting make it very appealing to some who might not like his abstract paintings which followed some years later.

Munich-Schwabing with the Church of St. Ursula is another example of Kandinsky in his early days where colour was used within landscape paintings and in a very bright method. These natural paintings are likely to have proved popular even by themselves but the artist was later to divert into a far more abstract approach later on which itself gained a new set of supporters, showing the flexibility of the artist.

It is easy to see from his early paintings that Kandinsky had been influenced by the impressionists such as Claude Monet, though this influence faded as the artist grew stronger and more confident in his own ideas and took his bright use of colours into new abstract avenues.

Composition VII

Composition VII is seen by most, including the artist himself, as the most complicated work to have come from his career and was painted back in 1913, just before the outbreak of WWI. It features his typical flurry of primary colours but in a manic form which is truly expressive, and this contrasts with some of his other abstract works that stick to clearer lines and a greater segmentation of objects.

In Composition VII there is a real blur between one object and another, adding to the height of excitement and energy across the painting.

Several Circles, Concentric Circles and Farbstudie Quadrate are different names attributed to the same series of paintings by Kandinsky in which he famously places layered circles within squares in one of his best known paintings. Farbstudie Quadrate has now become one of the most reproduced pieces of Abstract art which is an exceptional achievement for artist Kandinsky.

List of Famous Wassily Kandinsky Paintings

The career of Kandinsky was considerable and his paintings fit into two main styles which were his early study pieces which was varied and included landscape paintings plus also sorts of other ideas. His other approach is what he is best known for, abstract, and the majority of his paintings were in this style. See below for a full list of the best known Kandinsky paintings.

  • Improvisation No 31
  • Mit und Gegen
  • Farbstudie Quadrate
  • Color Studies
  • Blue
  • Composizione VIII
  • Heavy Red
  • Yellow Red and Blue
  • Murnau
  • Merry Structure
  • Bustling Aquarelle
  • Gravitation
  • Two Green Points
  • Weiches Hart
  • Black Lines
  • Helles Bild
  • Circles in Circle
  • Komposition VII
  • Dominant Curve
  • Hommage to Grohmann
  • Man on a Horse
  • Heavy Red
  • Dame in Krinolinen
  • Composition Storm
  • Quiet Harmony
  • Grand Torre Kiev
  • Horizonale
  • In the Black Circle
  • Spitze in Bogen
  • Aufleuchten
  • Hommage a Grohmann
  • The Church in Murnau
  • Komposition c1911
  • Solid Green
  • Balancement
  • Impression III Concert
  • Murnau-Garden II
  • Green Composition
  • Improvisation
  • Murnau the Garden
  • Kleine Freuden
  • Strahlenlinien
  • Soft Hard
  • Zersetzte Spannung
  • Akzent in Rosa
  • Spitzen In Bogen
  • Studie fur Murnau
  • Im Blau
  • Improvisation on Mahogany
  • Sky Blue
  • Milieu Accompagne
  • Kirche in Murnau
  • The Bridge