Cossacks represents a transition in Kandinsky’s work when he was moving towards full abstraction work. Cossacks still contains some representational parts, for example the two Russian Cavalrymen in orange hats in the foreground.
94.6 x 130.2 cm
Date of work
Oil paint on canvas, 94.6 x 130.2 cm
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian born painter, teacher and theorist. He was a pioneer of abstract art; believing that abstract art was capable of expressing a higher spiritual and emotional reality. Born in Moscow in 1866, he studied economics and law at university before moving to Munich to study art. In 1908 he began to develop a style which used rich contrasts of colour and abstract shapes. This style then developed to include precise geometrical forms. After the closure of the Bauhaus by the Nazis in 1933, where he taught, Kandinsky spent his last years in Paris.