Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II)

Vasily Kandinsky French, born Russia

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 910

In his influential treatise Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky theorized a new form of artistic expression that would reject the materialist world in favor of emotional and spiritual ideals. Abstract forms and color symbolism would be used to evoke an inner, preconscious realm. Improvisation 27, composed of dark lines and colorful abstract masses, features three iterations of an embracing couple surrounded by serpentine forms. Kandinsky hints at the painting’s possible subject in the subtitle, Garden of Love II, likely a reference to biblical Eden.

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Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II), Vasily Kandinsky (French (born Russia), Moscow 1866–1944 Neuilly-sur-Seine), Oil on canvas

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