Murnau, Landschaft mit Turm (Murnau, Landscape with Tower)

Wassily Kandinsky1908

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou
Paris, France

Kandinsky reached a decisive turning point through his practice of landscape painting. In Murnau, he turned toward the very deep coloring which he found both in the natural environment surrounding him and in the freshness of the paintings on glass which were produced by the region's rural folk.

In the foreground with its group of trees, the tower enlivens the landscape, soaring up toward the blue sky, which is magnified by the paintwork with its glorious colors and its broad, multidirectional strokes.
This summer landscape reveals how Kandinsky's painting practice, with its vividly colored masses gradually gaining their independence, made a shift toward a form of painting released from the obligation to be figurative.


  • Title: Murnau, Landschaft mit Turm (Murnau, Landscape with Tower)
  • Creator: Kandinsky, Vassily
  • Date Created: 1908
  • Physical Dimensions: w 98.5 x h 74 cm, Huile sur carton, 74 X 98,5 cm
  • Provenance: Bequest Of Nina Kandinsky, 1976
  • Subject Keywords: landscape, Germany, Bavaria, Murnau (city)
  • Type: Peinture, Huile sur carton
  • Rights: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Agence photographique de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux , Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Bertrand Prévost , Peter Willi , Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM
  • Medium: oil painting on cardboard
  • Art Movement: Expressionnisme

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