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5 / Cosmology and Belief

The Garden of Love (Improvisation Number 27)
The Garden of Love (Improvisation Number 27)
Artist / Origin Wassily Kandinsky (French, born Russia, 1866–1944)
Region: Europe
Date 1912
Material Oil on canvas
Medium: Painting
Dimensions H: 47 3/8 in. (120.3 cm.), W: 55 1/4 in. (140.3 cm.)
Location The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Credit Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

expert perspective

Vitaly KomarArtist

The Garden of Love (Improvisation Number 27)

» Wassily Kandinsky (French, born Russia, 1866–1944)

expert perspective

The pioneers of modern art, for example, Kandinsky, pioneer of abstract art, they considered themselves as revolutionaries which destroyed the old culture and bringing the completely new innovation and the belief in progress, etc. But Kandinsky himself published a book on spirituality in art. It’s very important. I see now many spiritual things, spiritual enjoyment, spiritual beauty in many abstract painters of the fifties. It’s not just destruction of the tradition; it’s leading back to the roots in some way.

For example, if somebody making abstract expression today, they working together with Kandinsky, with de Kooning. This is collaboration. We are a family and all people is a family. When we establish the connection with our roots we must understand that thousands and thousands of years, people was searching for spirituality. They tried to resolve this mystery of these things. And that’s, that’s not just dialogue. It’s a search of connection with people who were before us.” 


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