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The motley life (La Vie melangee) is a picture of one of the founders of abstract art Vasily Kandinsky. After the purchase by the Bavarian State Bank, the painting was exhibited in the city gallery Lenbachhaus in Munich since 1972.
Many art critics agree that motley life is considered one of the artist’s key works. This is a vivid hymn to Russian traditions - in contrast to the common desire of the tsar and the Russian elite to adopt Western culture.
In 2017, it became known that the Kandinsky painting belongs to the family of Dutch Jews of the Levenshteins and was illegally seized in 1940 after the occupation of the Netherlands by the German army - a case of illegal Nazi robbery. Now in the US court filed an application for restitution.
Vasily Kandinsky finished the work on a group of color drawings in Paris in 1907 with the work “Colorful Life”. The love of bright life in the work of a young artist is combined with the influence of folk art. People in their colorful costumes run like colorful live pictures on two legs.
Kandinsky shows here what constitutes human existence. Russian matron bites an apple, a woman is looking for tones on her flute. A couple of newlyweds want to kiss, the priest shows his cross, and an unexpectedly green beard sets his old traveler apart. High above the clouds is a castle. From this picture it is absolutely impossible to understand how Vasily Kandinsky came from his objective early work to his abstractions, with the help of which he revolutionized the history of art.
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