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  • Lukas Müsel asked

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I work at the University of Tübingen and I'm looking for a cover of a collected volume that is going to be published worldwide.
    This painting by Kandinsky would fit perfectly. I found a picture of it online on wikiarts which says that it is license free and open for (commercial) use to everbody. Can you confirm this information? Is it true that the painting is in 'public domain'? And can I use it as a cover illustration for a scientific book?

    Kind regards,

    Lukas Müsel

    Here's the link:(https://www.wikiart.org/de/wassily-kandinsky/capricious-1930)

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Lukas, unfortunately I am not an expert in copyright, but the general rule is 75 years after the artist's death. Kandinsky died in 1944, so the information is probably correct. To be 100% sure that this accounts worldwide, you might want to ask legal advice For a hi res image of this work, you can contact images@boijmans.nl. I hope this was helpful. With kind regards, Els.


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This work from 1930 could be described as like a fairy tale. At the centre is a fish like ship bathed in sunlight with several dancing figures, a bird fying top right and a city in the distance. It is a capricious fantasy. The title 'Launisch' (capricious) can be explained in relation to the scene as whimsical and eccentric.

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Title Launisch
Material and technique Oil on cardboard
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 40,5 cm
Width 56 cm
Artists Artist: Wassily Kandinsky
Accession number 2686 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1964
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1964
Creation date in 1930
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Wassily Kandinsky - from Figurative to Abstract Art (2022)
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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