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Isolated Objects

Vasily Kandinsky, French (born Russia), 1866 - 1944


Watercolor and ink on paper

Sheet: 20 x 15 inches (50.8 x 38.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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In April 1933, Kandinsky lost his teaching position at the Bauhaus after the school was closed down following the Nazi party's accession to power. Unable to exhibit his work or find employment in Germany, Kandinsky and his wife, Nina, moved to Paris in 1934, where his work was well-known, having been shown to critical acclaim in the 1930 Cercle et Carré exhibition of abstract art. Isolated Objects is one of the earliest works that the artist made in the French capital, and its composition of floating biomorphic shapes is typical of the Paris period, during which Kandinsky replaced the severe geometry of his Bauhaus days with a more playful approach to abstraction.