Fragment 2 for Composition VII

Vassily Kandinsky1913

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, New York, United States

In June 1911, Vassily Kandinsky and painter Franz Marc (German, 1880–1916) founded an association of artists in Munich, Germany, called Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). This informal intellectual and philosophical group focused on spiritual and symbolic issues in art, and many of its members, especially Kandinsky, believed that abstraction was the pathway to a utopian society and new spiritual age. They chose the color blue as part of their name because it is often considered to be the color of transcendence and spirituality. The rider can be understood to symbolize energy, joy, positive action, and transformation, and Kandinsky also believed it signified the group’s spiritual quest in art. “Fragment 2 for Composition VII” is one of Kandinsky’s preparatory studies for the final painting “Composition VII,” 1913. Other studies for “Composition VII” show that the composition originated in biblical themes of transformation, such as the Deluge and the Last Judgment, which reflects Kandinsky’s ongoing search for sources that would help him move away from the material world and toward the divine realm. Kandinsky’s emphasis on intuitive artmaking, along with his use of color and line as expressive subject matter, had a lasting impact on the development of art in the twentieth century.


  • Title: Fragment 2 for Composition VII
  • Creator: Vassily Kandinsky
  • Date Created: 1913
  • Physical Dimensions: support: 34 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches (87.63 x 99.69 cm); framed: 45 1/2 x 50 x 3 inches
  • Contributor: Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1947 (RCA1947:1)
  • Rights: The copyright status of this artwork is believed to be held in public domain. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is mindful of its responsibilities concerning the intellectual property rights of others, and works to protect images of artworks that are believed to be under copyright or to have other restrictions imposed by contract or policy. While the museum makes every effort to accurately determine the rights status of artworks and images of those artworks, the information provided may not be up to date. Any statement on the public domain status of a work is made by the museum in good faith. If you have any information on the rights status of a work contrary to or in addition to the information listed here, or if you are the copyright owner and believe the AK has not properly attributed your work or has used it without your authorization, please contact the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at digitalassets@albrightknox.org.
  • External Link: More information about the artwork is available here.
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Image Information: Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
  • Artist's Nationality: Russian
  • Artist's Death Year: 1944
  • Artist's Birth Year: 1866

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