Improvisation 7 (1910) by Wassily Kandinsky

Improvisation 7 - Wassily Kandinsky - 1910

Artwork Information

TitleImprovisation 7
ArtistWassily Kandinsky
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions131 x 97 cm
Current LocationTretyakov Gallery, Moscow

About Improvisation 7

Improvisation 7 is a non-objective painting created by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky in 1910. The piece is known for being part of a series where Kandinsky explored his own mind for inspiration, rather than depicting elements of reality. He saw this as necessary to transition towards new art that would move beyond external shapes and depict the inner content of the world.

The painting explores the significance of shapes like triangles, circles and checkerboards, which Kandinsky believed communicated deeper meaning that went beyond their physical form. This was significant in his development as an abstract artist, in which he relied on hard-edged styles to communicate inner content throughout his career. Improvisation 7 showcases Kandinsky’s clarified ideas about modern, non-objective art and it’s beauty.

Improvisation 7 is housed at The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and alludes to a progression of works painted by Kandinsky somewhere between 1909 and 1913 that were largely unconscious expressions of inner character and nature. His unique perspective arose from hearing sounds as color, acting as a guiding force for his artistic style which often borrows qualities from musical composition.

In summary, Improvisation 7 serves as an iconic example of non-objective painting within the early years of abstract expressionism permeating through modern art worldwide until today.

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