Wassily Kandinsky Swinging 1925

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Artist
Title
Swinging
Schaukeln
Date 1925
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 705 x 502 mm
frame: 954 x 750 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1979
Reference
T02344

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The title of Swinging conveys the painting’s sense of dynamic movement, suggestive of the rhythms of modernity. One of the pioneers of abstract painting, Kandinsky championed a mystical approach to art. His treatise Concerning the Spiritual in Art, published in 1911, argued for art that was purified from all references to the material world. He felt that colour in particular was essential for liberating art from naturalistic appearances.

April 2012

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