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Blaue Reiter, Der
(German for "The Blue Rider")

Der Blaue Reiter was an art movement started in Europe just after the turn of the century, led by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. The artists who took part were considered to be the pioneers of abstract art, and their work was characterised by exuberant colour and profoundly felt emotionalism. Coming from a number of European countries, the painters, writers, poets, and composers who joined Der Blaue Reiter dedicated themselves to the search for a common spiritual basis in a new international culture.

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