About this artwork
Filled with shifting forms and colors that push forward and recede, this watercolor appears completely abstract at first glance. But deeper examination reveals references to landscape, including a hilltop town illuminated by a deep red sun at upper left.
Forced by World War I to leave Germany, where he had lived since 1898, Vasily Kandinsky returned to Moscow in 1914. Restricted by limited space and financial resources, he concentrated on small-scale works primarily in watercolor, of which Untitled is a particularly fine example. It epitomizes the artist’s balance between representation and non-representation in this period.
On loan to UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley for Pure Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art from the Gray Collection
- Prints and Drawings
- Vasily Kandinsky
- Made 1910–1920
- Watercolor and touches of opaque watercolor on ivory wove paper
- Signed with stamp, recto, lower left, in black ink: “K” (in arc); inscribed verso, upper left, in graphite: “S” (?); upper center, in graphite: “Kandinsky” (by Nina Kandinsky)
- 290 × 229 mm
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray in memory of Buddy Mayer