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Blue rider

Wassily Kandinsky

Blue rider

Wassily Kandinsky
  • Original Title: Синий всадник
  • Date: 1903; Munich / Monaco, Germany 
  • Style: Expressionism
  • Genre: landscape
  • Media: oil, cardboard
  • Tag: horsemen, forests-and-trees
  • Dimensions: 55 x 65 cm

The Blue Rider is perhaps Kandinsky’s most important painting from the early 1900’s, before he had fully developed his abstract style of music as sound. The painting illustrates a rider cloaked in blue, speeding through a greenish meadow. The painting’s intentional abstractness had led many art theorists to project their own representations onto the figure, some seeing a child in the arms of the blue rider. Allowing viewers to participate in the representations of the art was a technique that Kandinsky would use to great fruition in his many later works, which became more and more abstract as his career wore on.

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