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Painting with Troika

Vibrant colored painting of beachscape with figures, structure, and ox pulled cart.
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  • Vibrant colored painting of beachscape with figures, structure, and ox pulled cart.


January 18, 1911


Vasily Kandinsky
Born Moscow (formerly Russian Empire, now Russia), 1866; died Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 1944

About this artwork

Vasily Kandinsky, along with Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter, and Alexei Jawlensky, was a founding member of Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider), a loose alliance of artists based in Munich. Often working in a common palette using expressive brushwork, they shared a belief in the symbolic and spiritual importance of forms and colors, including their effect on emotions and memories. Blaue Reiter also promoted a spontaneous, intuitive approach to painting, looking to non-Western, European medieval, and folk art for inspiration. Here the troika, a traditional carriage drawn by three horses, and the hand-painted frame, which Kandinsky made especially for this work, speak to the powerful influence these sources had on the artist.


On View, Gallery 392


Modern Art


Vasily Kandinsky


Painting with Troika


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on cardboard; in artist's painted frame


signed, l.l.: "Kandinsky"


69.7 × 97.3 cm (27 3/8 × 38 5/16 in.)

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Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

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