According to Kandinsky himself, 1917 was a “dramatic” year. After getting married in February, he considered having a house and a large studio built in Moscow, but the October Revolution frustrated the project. Due to confiscations, he lost the building with 24 apartments he owned.

“To a large degree, we received compensation for our losses at the time of the revolution – Nina Kandinsky wrote. […] Art and culture underwent a revolutionary spring which eclipsed everything done in this field up to that time in Russia. Suddenly, all creators saw almost limitless possibilities open up before them.”

Over seven dramatic years in Russia (1915-1921), Kandinsky held important positions. As director of the National Acquisitions Committee, he participated in the creation of twenty-two provincial museums.

During this period, his artistic production is characterized by a strange heterogeneity. Some pictures are a hotbed of figurative schematic elements; others display a growing geometrization, attributable to Suprematism and Constructivism. At all times, however, composition prevails over construction, and intuition over reason.

An art historian, he was director of the Maeght Foundation from 1969 to 2004. Since 2005 he has been an independent curator of exhibitions such as that of Nicolas de Staël, 1945-1955 at the Gianadda Foundation in Switzerland, and Miró. The Colors of Poetry at the Frieder Burda Museum of Baden-Baden in Germany.
Wassily Kandinsky
Overcast, 1917
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
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© VEGAP, Madrid 2018. Wassily Kandinsky