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Art and Images in Psychiatry |

Composition VI

James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64(6):630. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.64.6.630.
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In 1889, Russian law student Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was sent by the Society of Natural Science, Anthropology, and Ethnography to the remote northern Russian province of Vologda to study peasant criminal law, religion, and culture.1 He entered peasant homes where, surrounded by brightly colored folk pictures of battles and heroes and brightly lit images of saints, he absorbed himself,1(p369) entering a picture-book world feeling just as he had felt when visiting the cathedral in Moscow. This 2-month visit to rural Russia was to prove pivotal for his subsequent career as an artist.

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Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Russian. Composition VI, 1913. Oil on canvas, 76¾ × 118⅛ in (195 × 300 cm). The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia (http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/08/hm88_0_2_75_0.html). © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, New York.

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