Dr. Zacharias Goldberg, Zürich; Mr. and Mrs. V. Bargmann, Princeton. Said by Roethel & Benjamin to be inscribed on reverse: KANDINSKY—(Skizze) (1903)
Signed, bottom right: KANDINSKY
Kandinsky taught art in Munich, where Gabriele Münter was one of his students. By 1903 a secret romance had developed between the married teacher and his pupil. When he took his students to the village of Kallmüntz to paint outdoors, Münter joined him; she remained his companion until 1914. This sketch from the summer of 1903 may be a document of their relationship. With Kallmüntz in the background, a lady in medieval dress walks on a stone parapet followed by a page. Although Kandinsky abandoned medieval subject matter for Expressionism and later became a pioneer of abstraction, he retained the proclivity for vivid colors already evident in this early sketch.
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