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Through a playful arrangement of glowing lines and colorful geometric shapes Wassily Kandinsky suggests a figure standing on one leg between the sun and the moon. Whereas his early work consisted of clearly defined figure studies and fanciful reminiscences of his native Russia, Kandinsky’s paintings after World War I became more geometric, partly in response to Russian Suprematism, which celebrated pure abstract forms floating in limitless space. Kandinsky painted Stubborn in Germany, where he had moved in 1921 to join the experimental Bauhaus school of art and design.
Oil on paperboard
27 3/4 x 19 1/8in. (70.5 x 48.6cm)
Frame: 37 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. (94.6 x 73 cm) (show scale)
Monogrammed and dated lower left: "VK/29"
Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr.
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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Stubborn (Hartnäckig), 1929. Oil on paperboard, 27 3/4 x 19 1/8in. (70.5 x 48.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William K. Jacobs, Jr., 1992.107.19. © artist or artist's estate
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