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Wassily Kandinsky

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art put on an extremely choice selection of Wassily Kandinsky watercolors. Forty out of the group of forty-six came from the collection of the artist’s widow and many of them had never been exhibited in this country before. Happily, the Guggenheim also mounted a group of Kandinsky oils from their, collection so that one had a particularly good opportunity to get an overview of Kandinsky’s career. Some of the watercolors have an extraordinary beauty and lucidity. Others suffer to such a degree from a kind of brittle, agitated over-elaboration that one wonders that the knowing spareness and beauty of the successful works ever found expression. In this respect Kandinsky’s work constantly tests the partiality of one’s eye; for while I find myself at ease with the astonishing freedom of his earliest watercolors, and increasingly unhappy with Kandinsky’s impulse to regulate

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