St. Cloud Park with Horseman
Wassily Kandinsky
St. Cloud Park with Horseman
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian; Expressionism, 1866-1944): St. Cloud Park with Horseman (Park von St. Cloud mit Reiter), 1906. Oil on board. Private Collection. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

"Colour is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically." (Wassily Kandinsky)

"Kandinsky'’s early work often shows a nostalgia for Russia and he frequently painted in tempera on board with varnish on the top to give the paintings a mosaic like quality. While Strasse in Starnberg is an oil on canvas this mosaic like quality is visible in Kandinsky’'s use of dappled colour and the indication of brilliant sunshine and shadow.

When in the early 1900’s Kandinsky travelled frequently with one of his students from the Phalanx school, Gabriele Münter, he and his wife Anya had separated. They often travelled to Murnau in the Bavarian Alps and it was here with the beautiful landscapes and influence from other artists such as Jawlensky that Kandinsky’'s painting transformed significantly. The features of his once discernable landscapes such as mountains and trees become of lesser importance than the picture as a whole, eventually leading to the landscape symbols in his later works." (© Bonhams)