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January 18, 2005

Eye Candy: Exotic

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Im Blau
by Wassily Kandinsky

Russian born Wassily Kandinsky is considered the inventor and theorist of abstract painting in the 20th century. In 1910 Wassily Kandisnky had seen an Islamic art exhibition in Munich - a highly decorative art style that does not allow to show images of human beings. The same year Kandinsky created his first abstract painting.

If you should ever find your way to Munich, do not miss to visit the Lenbach Galerie or Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus as it is officially named. It has an incredible collection of Kandinsky paintings - mainly from his time with the Blue Rider. The paintings were donated to the museum by Gabriele Münter, another artist of the Blue Rider group. She was Kandinsky's companion until 1914 when he returned to Russia. During the Nazi rule, Gabriele Münter had stored a large number of his paintings in the basement of her house in the Bavarian countryside.

Posted by Dan at January 18, 2005 05:28 PM

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