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Kandinsky: The Improvisations

April 26 – September 7, 1981
East Building, Mezzanine, Northwest, Pod II (3,000 sq. ft.)

Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle), 1913, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1978.48.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 14 paintings from Wassily Kandinsky's series of Improvisations, painted between 1909 and 1914, were assembled together with 15 preliminary drawings, watercolors, and prints. Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle), acquired by the Gallery in 1978, was the exhibition's focal point.

Organization: E.A. Carmean Jr., curator of 20th-century art, organized the exhibition. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Petit journal: Kandinsky: The Improvisations, by E.A. Carmean Jr. and Trinkett Clark. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1981.

Attendance: 188,584

Kandinsky, Wassily
Russian, 1866 - 1944