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.
- Vasily Kandinsky
- Painting with Troika
- Oil on cardboard; in artist's painted frame
- signed, l.l.: "Kandinsky"
- 27 3/8 × 38 5/16 in. (69.7 × 97.3 cm)
- Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection