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Vasily Kandinsky, two sketches and final painting Impression III (Concert), 1911

On January 2, 1911, two days after befriending each other, Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc and other companions attended a concert in Munich of work by the Viennese composer Arnold Schoenberg. Marc immediately recognized the congruence between Schoenberg’s theories and Kandinsky’s desire to break from traditional figurative modes of painting. For Kandinsky, the concert was a revelation: in the days afterwards, he made sketches of the performance and then distilled the figures within until only traces of the original subject remained, producing the most abstract work he had made to date.

Listen to Schoenberg’s music and other key works of the period on WXQR’s website.

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