29.10.2016 — 29.01.2017

Kandinsky – Les années parisiennes (1933-1944)

Vassily Kandinsky

Musée de Grenoble, France

Having taken refuge in Paris after fleeing Germany, Kandinsky settled in Neuilly-sur-Seine with his wife. There he would develop a highly original style, a synthesis of the geometric vocabulary of his Bauhaus years and the aleatoric undulating drawings of the previous decade.

This period in the artist’s career remains the least known to the public. Enriched by his interactions with the Parisian artistic milieu, his increasing interest in science, and his heightened spirituality, it was also marked by a growing feeling of exile which deeply influenced his art. It is the interaction between these factors that the exhibition sets out to highlight.

The exhibit’s chronological organization, which intersperses all the biographical moments that punctuated his life – meetings, exhibitions, publications, sales, and so forth – render perceptible how a political exile slowly became, especially after the outset of the war, an interior exile, inhabited by myriad artistic and autobiographical recollections.

Introduced to Jeanne Bucher by Christian Zervos in 1932, Kandinsky had the first of his four exhibitions at the gallery in December 1936. The Russian artist, a very close friend of Jeanne Bucher, was exhibited three times between 1939 and 1944, and used to say about her: “The other dealers are black crows. She is a seagull, for she is all white, all pure.

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Vassily Kandinsky, Sans Titre, 1940
Watercolour and ink on paper
25,59 × 19,09
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Vassily Kandinsky, Communauté, 1942
Oil on cardboard
19,7 × 19,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi