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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
French, born Russia, 1866–1944

About this artwork

Vasily Kandinsky, along with Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter, and Alexei Jawlensky, were members of the Blue Rider, a loose alliance of artists based in Munich. Although these artists did not have a common style, they did share a belief in the symbolic and spiritual importance of forms and colors and their effect on emotions and memories. The Blue Rider also promoted a spontaneous, intuitive approach to painting and looked to non-Western, European medieval, and folk art traditions for inspiration. In this picture, the troika, a horse-drawn sled from Kandinsky’s native Russia, and the hand-painted frame, which he made especially for this work, speak to the powerful impact of these sources on the artist.


On View, Gallery 392


Modern Art


Vasily Kandinsky


Painting with Troika


Germany (Artist's nationality)




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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