Kandinsky: “On the Artist”

WRITTEN IN STOCKHOLM IN February, 1916, this important Kandinsky document has never appeared in English nor, except for a few excerpts from the original German, in any language other than Swedish, in which it was published by Gummeson’s Art Gallery, Stockholm, 1916, and reprinted in the Kandinsky exhibition catalogue, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1965. Kandinsky was in that city from December 23, 1915 to March 16, 1916 in connection with his exhibition which opened at Gummeson’s in February. Organized under the auspices of Der Sturm, Kandinsky’s show of 19 paintings, watercolors, and prints was one of a series of three, the first devoted to Franz Marc and the third to Gabriele Münter, to whom Kandinsky dedicated this essay and who was with him in Stockholm.

Although more than a half-century has passed since it was written, this text, like so much of Kandinsky’s writing, is astonishingly

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