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Kandinsky’s anxious rebellion

The work of the Blaue Reiter is vivid, unstructured and vaguely expressionistic, a protest against the staid conservatism of early 20th century German art

By Matthew Wolfson  

The entrance hall to the Neue Galerie in New York City is panelled in dark wood. Ornate hexagonal lights hang from the ceiling. Sunlight from East 86th Street streams in through high windows. Three security guards in what look like tailored grey suits stand near the gold revolving doors. The overall effect is one of beautiful and brocaded heaviness, a daunting amalgamation of style and wealth. It evokes…

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