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Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 1. 1914
Vasily Kandinsky

Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 1

1914
Not on view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
64 x 31 1/2" (162.5 x 80 cm)
Credit
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
Object number
3.1954
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

This series of four canvases was commissioned by Edwin R. Campbell, founder of Chevrolet Motor Company, for the entrance foyer of his Park Avenue apartment. In 1913, Kandinsky coined the expression "nonobjective painting" to refer to painting that depicted no recognizable objects. Although preliminary studies for one of these paintings suggest that Kandinsky had a landscape in mind when he conceived it, he ultimately envisioned these works as free of descriptive devices. Kandinsky stressed the impact of color and its association with music, explaining that "color is a means of exerting direct influence upon the soul. Color is a keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano, with its many strings."

Gallery label from 2006
Provenance information
(same as Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 3)
(Willem Beffie, Amsterdam. Left in care of Beffie by Kandinsky with instructions to ship them to New York, 1914 – 1916)
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Campbell, 1914 – 1929. (Commissioned in 1914, together with Painting Number 199, Painting Number 200, and Painting Number 201, as a mural ensemble for their New York apartment at 635 Park Avenue. First exhibited in Stockholm in February 1916, then shipped to New York in summer 1916, and installed in Campbell’s foyer in fall 1916, until 1921 when Edwin Campbell (1874-1929) was divorced and moved. The panels later were found in his widow’s storage in Ridgefield, Connecticut.)
Mrs. Fitzhugh Green (formerly Mrs. Campbell), Ridgefield, Connecticut. 1929 – 1953
Auction, Green Estate, Ridgefield, Connecticut. March 1953
Virginia Freeman. Purchased at Green Estate auction, March 1953
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Virginia Freeman (together with Panel no. 3 [2.54]) with Ms. Simon Guggenheim Fund, 1954

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