Expressive, Brightly Coloured, Lyrical Paintings by Der Blaue Reiter Artists at Albertina

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VIENNA.- From February to May, 2011, the Albertina is presenting drawings and watercolor paintings of the “Blue Rider” from the collection of Munich’s Lenbachhaus. In the early 20th century, a group of artists caused a huge furore in the Munich art world. Calling themselves Der Blaue Reiter, the artists produced expressive, brightly coloured, lyrical paintings which were to prompt the development of Expressionism in Germany. The core members of the group were Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky and kindred spirit Franz Marc. Many of the works were seen earlier as part of the successful Kandinsky exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) played an important pioneering role in the development of painting. His explosive compositions, inspired by experimental music and primitive folk art, roused strong emotions