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Wassily Kandinsky - Yellow - Red - Blue

Wassily Kandinsky: Yellow - Red - Blue

With the picture "Yellow - Red - Blue" by the Russian Wassily Kandinsky one enters a world of very own perspectives. Kandinsky's understanding of art decisively influenced the development of abstract painting and the art of the 20th century. The abstract expressionist lived from 1866 to 1944.

 

Color and composition as picture content

Wassily Kandinsky wanted to depict life - but not in the usual way. Instead, he was interested in color energies and dynamic forms. He strove for picture compositions without representational references. He understood the object as a distraction from the actual content. The combination of color and graphic shapes became Kandinsky's trademark.

The painting "Yellow - Red - Blue" dates from 1925. It is considered a classic that exemplifies Kandinsky's understanding of art. Anyone who buys this canvas appreciates sophisticated art that challenges the mind. It's about experiencing art without familiar perspectives and thought patterns. With Kandinsky, basic colors and formal language combine in perfect harmony to form a coherent composition.

 

The theoretical approach behind Kandinsky's pictures

When Kandinsky began to teach at the "Bauhaus" in 1922, he used this time to deal intensively with his artistic point of view. His book "About the Spiritual in Art", published in 1926, is considered a manifesto of his understanding of art. It was followed by "Point and Line to Surface" as the ninth volume in the Bauhaus series. In both books the basics of his artistic ideas were explained.

For Kandinsky there was a compelling logic according to which his pictures were constructed. For him, a blue tone symbolized the geometric shape of the circle. He assigned the square to the red tone and the acute-angled triangle to the yellow tone. Kandinsky developed his compositions based on these basic forms and color assignments. On his canvases, the artist broke the assignment of the basic forms at will. He partially superimposed them or added connecting lines and points.

 

Kandinsky's masterpieces as a print on canvas

The artistic approach of Wassily Kandinsky can be perfectly understood in the painting "Yellow-Red-Blue". Colors and graphic shapes seem to be performing a happy dance. They follow inner sounds that only Kandinsky himself may have heard. Everything geometric appears to be alive. It appears neither static nor sterile, but flooded with light and flexible. Beyond all “understanding” of abstract art, color and formal language speak to all of the senses in Kandinsky.

The Russian painter was also passionate about music. He felt connections between the two arts. The Russian, who composed music himself, put it accordingly: Color is comparable to a keyboard. The eyes are representatives for harmonies. The soul is like a body of sound, equipped with numerous strings. The artist is the virtuoso who can make the soul vibrate. The vibrancy in Kandinsky's pictures is what he was about.

 

What influenced Kandinsky's painting style?

Born in Moscow in 1866, Kandinsky initially became an economist. He has a doctorate in law. In 1896 he moved to Munich. He started studying art. In 1901 Kandinsky founded his own painting school. In 1909 he was a co-founder of the "Neue Künstlervereinigung München", which in 1911 was followed by the co-founding of the "Blauer Reiter". Travels across Europe or to Morocco influenced his artistic expression.

After a long stay in Russia during the First World War, Kandinsky returned to Germany in 1922. During his teaching activity at the "Bauhaus" the painter specified his artistic position. When he moved to Paris in 1933, contacts with Russian constructivists became more noticeable. Kandinsky's geometries and color combinations turned every canvas into a work of art.