Part 3, Project 3 ex 1 Research point

Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944) was one of the most influential pioneers of abstract modern art.  He spent most of his working life in abstract paintings.  He believed that total abstraction offered the possibility for profound, transcendental expression and that copying from nature only interfered with this process.   However, he regarded abstract painting demanded one know how to draw well.

The following Murnau, Dorfstrasse (Street in Murnau, A Village Street), 1908 is my all time favourite.  It’s influenced by Pointillism and Fauvism.  I particular like the confident blocks of bright colours even in shadows.

“Vassily Kandinsky, 1908, Murnau, Dorfstrasse” by Wassily Kandinsky –,_1908,_Murnau,_Dorfstrasse_%28A_Village_Street%29,_oil_on_cardboard,_later_mounted_on_wood_panel,_48_x_69.5_cm,_The_Merzbacher_collection,_Switzerland.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –,_1908,_Murnau,_Dorfstrasse.jpg#/media/File:Vassily_Kandinsky,_1908,_Murnau,_Dorfstrasse.jpg (assessed 22-05-15)

Peter Doig (b 1959) British painter born in Edinburgh.  In 1993, Doig won the first prize at the John Moores exhibition with his painting Blotter.  Blotter (1993) oil on canvas, 249 x 199 cm, National Museum Liverpool collection.  Image can be seen at (accessed 22-05-15)

An interview accompanied his recent exhibition gave some insight of influence to his works and more images of his recent works.


Kandinsky first enrolled himself in an art school when he was 30 after given up a promising career in laws and economics.  Doig was 20.

They both lived in various countries and thus influenced by difference cultures.  Kandinsky Russian folk arts and Doig Trinidadian.

Kandinsky’s landscapes were in his early artistic career but had shown some degree of abstraction.  Doig’s landscapes are somewhat abstract and dreamy.

They both taught in Germany, Kandinsky at Bauhaus school of art and architecture, Doig at the Fine Arts Academy in Dusseldorf.


Kandinsky’s landscapes were influenced by pointillism and Fauvism with blocks of thick paints.  Doig’s dreamy landscapes often used very thin paints, almost just strains.

Kandinsky’s landscapes were recognisable places.  Some of Doig’s were like dreamland.


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