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Concerning the Spiritual in Art — Part 1

Wassily Kandinsky — 1910

Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art — Part 2: About Painting

Wassily Kandinsky — 1910

A first encounter with any new phenomenon exercises immediately an impression on the soul.

Early Modernism: Artworks

Pierre Matisse

Pierre Matisse

Henri Matisse,1905
Femme assise au bouquet de feuillage

Femme assise au bouquet de feuillage

Jean Metzinger,1905
Woman Leaning on Her Hands

Woman Leaning on Her Hands

Henri Matisse,1905
The Woman with a Hat

The Woman with a Hat

Henri Matisse,1905
Le Bonheur de Vivre

Le Bonheur de Vivre

Henri Matisse,1906
Music (Sketch)

Music (Sketch)

Henri Matisse,1907
Childhood Group IV

Childhood Group IV

Hilma af Klint,1907
The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3

The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3

Hilma af Klint,1907
The Dessert: Harmony in Red

The Dessert: Harmony in Red

Henri Matisse,1908
Diane Hunting

Diane Hunting

Marie Laurencin,1908
Self Portrait — 1908

Self Portrait — 1908

Marie Laurencin,1908
Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Henri Matisse,1908
Group of Artists

Group of Artists

Marie Laurencin,1908
L'Electricité

L'Electricité

Natalia Goncharova,1910
Nude Girl

Nude Girl

Gwendolen Mary John,1909-1910
Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)

Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)

Wassily Kandinsky,1910
The City Rises

The City Rises

Umberto Boccioni,1910
Bride with Fan

Bride with Fan

Marc Chagall,1911
Romantic Landscape

Romantic Landscape

Wassily Kandinsky,1911
Isaac With A Pipe

Isaac With A Pipe

Sigrid Hjertén,1911
Composition 5

Composition 5

Wassily Kandinsky,1911
Watercolor 6

Watercolor 6

Wassily Kandinsky,1911
Gray Tree

Gray Tree

Piet Mondrian,1911
A Water Carrier and a Coachman

A Water Carrier and a Coachman

Marc Chagall,1912
Improvisation 28 (second version)

Improvisation 28 (second version)

Wassily Kandinsky,1912
Landscape, 47

Landscape, 47

Natalia Goncharova,1912
The Blue Ship

The Blue Ship

Sigrid Hjertén,1912
Female Figure

Female Figure

Piet Mondrian,1911-1912
Nude

Nude

Piet Mondrian,1911-1912
Composition in Grey Blue

Composition in Grey Blue

Piet Mondrian,1912-1913
Composition No. 3

Composition No. 3

Piet Mondrian,1912-1913
The Reader

The Reader

Marie Laurencin,1913
Composition in Blue Gray and Pink

Composition in Blue Gray and Pink

Piet Mondrian,1913
Femme debout à la capeline

Femme debout à la capeline

Marie Laurencin,1913
Composition 7

Composition 7

Wassily Kandinsky,1913
The red fence, Gränna

The red fence, Gränna

Sigrid Hjertén,1913
Composition 6

Composition 6

Wassily Kandinsky,1913
Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest

Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest

Natalia Goncharova,1911-1913
Two Sisters with a Cello

Two Sisters with a Cello

Marie Laurencin,1913-1914
Composition No. 9

Composition No. 9

Piet Mondrian,1913-1914
Oval Composition with Light Colors

Oval Composition with Light Colors

Piet Mondrian,1913-1914
Composition No. 6

Composition No. 6

Piet Mondrian,1914
Pier and Ocean

Pier and Ocean

Piet Mondrian,1914
Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Hilma af Klint,1915
Tree of Knowledge No. 5

Tree of Knowledge No. 5

Hilma af Klint,1913-1915
Pier and Ocean (Composition No. 10)

Pier and Ocean (Composition No. 10)

Piet Mondrian,1915
Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin,1915
The Poet Reclining

The Poet Reclining

Marc Chagall,1915
Farm near Duivendrecht

Farm near Duivendrecht

Piet Mondrian,1916
Apples on a Table - Green Background

Apples on a Table - Green Background

Henri Matisse,1916
The Bridge

The Bridge

Natalia Goncharova,1916
Composition with Colours B

Composition with Colours B

Piet Mondrian,1917
Portrait of Nina Kandinsky

Portrait of Nina Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky,1917
Purim

Purim

Marc Chagall,1916-1917
Composition with Lines (Composition in Black and White)

Composition with Lines (Composition in Black and White)

Piet Mondrian,1917
Composition with Colours A

Composition with Colours A

Piet Mondrian,1917
Girl in Profile

Girl in Profile

Gwendolen Mary John,1918
The Archer

The Archer

Theo van Doesburg,1919
The Fan

The Fan

Marie Laurencin,1919
Buddhas Standpoint in the Earthly Life No. 3

Buddhas Standpoint in the Earthly Life No. 3

Hilma af Klint,1920
Composition

Composition

Gwendolen Mary John,1920
Rooftop and Pathway: View from the Artist's Studio

Rooftop and Pathway: View from the Artist's Studio

Gwendolen Mary John,1920
Rooftop and Lane: View from the Artist's Studio

Rooftop and Lane: View from the Artist's Studio

Gwendolen Mary John,1920
In the Garden

In the Garden

Sigrid Hjertén,1920
Lozenge

Lozenge

Piet Mondrian,1921
The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Marie Laurencin,1921
Composition 8

Composition 8

Wassily Kandinsky,1923
On White II

On White II

Wassily Kandinsky,1923
Circles in a Circle

Circles in a Circle

Wassily Kandinsky,1923
Untitled

Untitled

Wassily Kandinsky,1923
Composition with Blue and Yellow (Composition 1)

Composition with Blue and Yellow (Composition 1)

Piet Mondrian,1925
Yellow Red Blue

Yellow Red Blue

Wassily Kandinsky,1925
Composition in Black and White (Painting 1)

Composition in Black and White (Painting 1)

Piet Mondrian,1926
Several Circles

Several Circles

Wassily Kandinsky,1926
Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Piet Mondrian,1927
Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Piet Mondrian,1928
At the square in Cassis, 14th July

At the square in Cassis, 14th July

Sigrid Hjertén,1932
Lastångare Stadsgården

Lastångare Stadsgården

Sigrid Hjertén,1934
Chalk Cliffs

Chalk Cliffs

Sigrid Hjertén,1935
Lime Rock, St. Aubin

Lime Rock, St. Aubin

Sigrid Hjertén,1935
Red Verandah

Red Verandah

Amrita Sher-Gil,1938
Sombreness Sunlit

Sombreness Sunlit

Emily Carr,1938-1940
The War

The War

Marc Chagall,1943
The Clown

The Clown

Henri Matisse,1943
Broadway Boogie Woogie

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian,1942-1943
Icarus

Icarus

Henri Matisse,1943-1944
Victory Boogie Woogie

Victory Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian,1943-1944
Old Chestnut

Old Chestnut

Luigi Russolo,1945
The Soul of the City

The Soul of the City

Marc Chagall,1945
Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

Henri Matisse,1947
Interior with Black Fern

Interior with Black Fern

Henri Matisse,1948
Zulma

Zulma

Henri Matisse,1950
Sorrow of the King

Sorrow of the King

Henri Matisse,1952
Chloe's Judgement

Chloe's Judgement

Marc Chagall,1961
The Meal at Drya's House

The Meal at Drya's House

Marc Chagall,1961
Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

Marc Chagall,1961

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