Vassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944)
Watercolor and India ink on wove paper from sketch pad 
18-1/2 x 16-3/4 in. (47.0 x 42.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Museum 
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At the Bauhaus, Kandinsky's style was characterized by a cooler, more geometric and "architectural" sensitivity. Yet even in the creative environment of the Bauhaus, Kandinsky at times felt alienated, as he wrote to Galka Scheyer in 1925, "It is not easy to 'get to the bottom' of my work and to sense what is living beneath the often very uncommunicative form. . . . I experience the same thing every time I progress a step further. For every new step forward a chorus of disappointed friends chants: 'Why don't you continue to paint as you did before?' And there often come times of great loneliness."


The artist, gift 31 March 1924, in exchange for art supplies, to;
Galka Scheyer;
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1953-1954;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena,1954-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, 1975.

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