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Kandinsky was one of the pioneers of abstract painting, which he believed was capable of expressing a higher spiritual and emotional reality. It was in 1908, when he made this painting, that he began to gradually strip away representational images from his work, using areas of vibrant colour instead to stimulate emotion in the viewer. During this period, the natural landscape and folk arts of southern Bavaria provided inspiration as well as his frequent subject-matter. Lake Starnberg is close to Munich, where Kandinsky had lived since 1896, gradually establishing himself as an artist.

August 2013