Wassily Kandinsky Cossacks 1910–1

Artwork details

Artist
Wassily Kandinsky 1866–1944
Title
Cossacks
Cosaques
Date 1910–1
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 946 x 1302 mm
frame: 1118 x 1477 x 74 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Hazel McKinley 1938
Reference
N04948

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Kandinsky believed that abstract paintings could convey spiritual and emotional values simply through the arrangement of colours and lines. Cossacks was made during a transitional period, when he retained some representational elements, such as the two Russian cavalrymen in tall orange hats in the foreground of the painting. Kandinsky considered these as points at which the images could be registered, rather than the true content of the painting.

February 2009