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Wassily Kandinsky is known as the “father of abstract painting,” and his early approach to such work was to capture in vibrantly colored paintings the impressions and emotions one experienced from nature or from Biblical stories. But when he was assigned to the Bauhaus in Germany (1922), his compositions changed significantly to make heavy use of geometric motifs. This painting is an example of that new direction.
Geometric art was popular in Europe at this time. It was commonly referred to as “cold abstraction.” However, Kandinsky's soft colors and rhythmic composition give off warmth rather than cold.