Kandinsky Wassily, “The landscape with a bridge”, 1903

Wassily KANDINSKY

Landscape with a bridge

1903

23.5 x 32.6 cm

Presentation

During the summer of 1903 Kandinsky took several of his students to Kallmunz, a picturesque village in the Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) where the Vils and Naab rivers converge. The bridge over the Vils appears in Kandinskys painting Kallmünz – Gabriele Munter beim Malen I (Roethel and Benjamin 1982, no.98). The Naabbrucke is depicted in Kallmünz – Blick auf die Stadt (Roethel and Benjamin 1982, no.83), Kallmünz – mit Brücke (Koethel and Benjamin 1982, no.87) and in a detailed drawing on p.9 of Sketchbook 10 (Barnett 2007). In fact, a photograph (fig.1) taken by Gabriele Münter from the medieval castle on the hill overlooking Kallmünz confirms the site. After comparing the present wvork with other canvasboards such as Kallmünz Naturstudie zur gelben Postkutsche (Roethel and Benjamin 1982, no.95) and especially Oberpfalz – Waldlichtung mit Kirche (Roethel and Benjamin 1982, no.97) made by Kandinsky during the summer of 1903, it became evident that the brushwork and the freedom of paint handling pointed conclusively to Kandinsky’s authorship. Duriiig the summer of 1903, the friendship between Kandinsky and Münter that had begun a year earlier in Kochel became much closer: while in Kallmünz Kandinsky gave Gabriele an engugement present – even though he was still married to Anja.

Provenance:

Gabriele Münter, by whom acquired from the artist;
Private collection, Germany, a gift from the above, and thence by descent;
Private collection, Switzerland.

Bibliography:

Vivian Endicott Barnett. Wassily Kandinsky – Catalogue Raisonné ADDENDUM (Edition Lenbachhaus – 03)

Kunstberatung Zurich. Old masters and Modern art catalogue: private treasures, Zurich, 2019

Exhibitions:

La Biennale Paris – GRAND PALAS – 13 – 17 September 2019

Masterpiece London – 2017

PAM – Salon Point Art Monaco – 2015

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