Seeing The Light

PAINTING WITH HOUSES (1909) A combination of figurative and abstract elements

Wassily Kandinsky has the peculiar ability to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Individual works by this seminal early 20th century painter pop up all over the place: in exhibitions on Expressionism; Modernism; the Blue Rider movement; Russian/German/French art (he switched nationality three times). And his influence on the entire modern history of painting — from Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock to Mark Rothko — is undeniable. But major solo retrospectives of Kandinsky's most celebrated paintings are rare — there haven't been any such recent shows in Paris or New York City, for example.

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