Kandinsky painted ‘Lake Starnberg’ in 1908. At this point in his career he was gradually stripping away representational images and using vibrant colour to provoke an emotional response with his viewers. This work was inspired by the landscape and folk art of Southern Bravaria. Lake Stanberg was closed to Munich, where Kandinsky had lived since 1896.
63 x 97.5 cm
Date of work
Oil on board, 63 x 97.5 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.