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“Improvisation 28 (2nd version)” by Vasily Kandinsky

Vasily Kandinsky Improvisation 28 (second version)

“Improvisation 28 (2nd version)” by Vasily Kandinsky is a large, expressive coloured abstract that is independent of forms and lines. Music was an important catalyst for abstract art as music expresses in a direct sense the inner feelings of the soul and Kandinsky used musical terms to identify his works. He called his spontaneous paintings “improvisations” and described elaborate works as “compositions.”

In many of Kandinsky’s works, the identification of the forms and the masses present on the canvas is an initial view. The inner reality of the art requires more profound observation of the relationship of all the elements and their harmony.

Wassily Kandinsky is credited with painting one of the first recognised purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, he studying law and economics and began painting studies at the age of 30. Kandinsky was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Communist Moscow and moved to Germany in 1920. There, he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France, where he lived for the rest of his life, becoming a French citizen in 1939 and producing some of his most prominent art.

Essential Facts:

  • Title:                Improvisation 28 (second version)
  • German:         Improvisation 28 (zweite Fassung)
  • Artist:              Vasily Kandinsky
  • Created:          1912
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:  43 7/8 x 63 7/8 inches (111.4 x 162.1 cm)
  • Museum:         The Guggenheim


  • Name:             Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky
  • Born:               1866 – Moscow, Russian Empire
  • Died:               1944 (aged 77) – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Nationality:   Russian, later French
  • Movement:    Expressionism; abstract art
  • Notable work:


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Photo Credit 1) Amedeo Modigliani [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons