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  • Tod asked

    Could you please tell me where the Kandinsky painting "Lyrical" is currently being displayed.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Tod, You can find 'Lyrical' in our public accessible depot at Museumpark in Rotterdam. It is presented in Gallery I on the third floor (Highlights from the collection). Kind regards, Els

  • Lauren asked

    Good afternoon. I was wondering why this painting is named Lyrical

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hello Lauren, the title was given by the artist, Wassily Kandinsky. It expresses his wish to paint a mood or emotion, rather than a scene. Kandinsky wanted painting to become abstract as music, which not only shows on the canvas, but also in his titles. I hope this answer is helpful. Kind regards, Els

  • Nate asked

    What media is Lyrical made in?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Nate, You can find this information under the blue button 'show all details'. In this case: oil on canvas. All best, Els


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Kandinsky has rendered this horse and rider at full gallop with the most minimal of means: just a few well placed lines and patches of colour. The painting dates from 1911, Kandinsky's turning point between realism and abstraction. He attained a synthesis of emotion and intellect through his free use of form, line and colour. He is one of the founders of abstract art.

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Title Lyrical
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 130 cm
Height 94 cm
Artists Painter: Wassily Kandinsky
Accession number 1430 (MK)
Credits From the estate of M. Tak van Poortvliet, 1936
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1936
Creation date in 1911
Collector Collector / Marie Tak van Poortvliet
Internal exhibitions Kurt Schwitters en de avant-garde (2007)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Hilma af Klint and Wassily Kandinsky. Dreams of the Future (2024)
Geographical origin Russia > Eastern Europe > Europe

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Wassily Kandinsky

Moskou 1866 - Neuilly-sur-Seine 1944

Wassily Kandinsky was of Russian origin, but lived in Munich before the First World War, where he was a member of the artist group Der Blaue Reiter. He is...

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