In the year 1913, Kandinsky created the composition VII, which became one the most talked about painting of the century. A very interesting fact about Kandinsky is his devotion to colors. His painting’s meaning will be revealed if you know the color symbolism.Through the years 1918 to 1921, Kandinsky dedicated his time to learn more about form and color analyses.
Historical position: A year before the World War II began, that is, in the year 1913 Kandinsky created his VIIth composition. This piece is the pre-war artistic piece. Kandinsky has mentioned that, this composition was the most complicated painting he has ever worked on. This is an extremely large painting on the scale of 200?300 cm (6′ 6 3/4″ x 9′ 11 1/8″). It is oil on canvas painting. Style: To begin with, I had no idea what does the painting means. I didn’t get the head or tail of this composition.
But it simply admired the dance of all the colors in the painting.
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The color was everywhere and it was flowing all over the painting. It made the painting to come to life. It had some deep, unexplainable feeling to it. Kandinsky is an artist, so different from others. He wanted to portray more of emotion and truth. He wanted his paintings to be like music, something which will go straight to your heart, you can only feel it.
And that is one of the reason why is named / called his paintings as Wassily Kandinsky – Composition VII 3 ‘Compositions’ rather painting.His expression through the painting really is a treat for the viewer’s eye. Influence: The painting has so many different colors, which is combined and put together in the most harmonious way. The color orange in the painting describes a feeling which can’t be put in words. Like mentioned earlier, it is like music, you can only feel it. Usually the color black will be used to draw the outlines of the subject or an object but Kandinsky uses the color to show the depth of an emotion. Kandinsky is more of a composer than an artist, simply because it composes his painting rather than painting them.
No color has its own meaning. When colors are mixed together, they create a meaning together. Kandinsky lets the energy of one color to flow from one to another. For instance, the color blue next to green creates an entirely different feeling inside a person rather than when placed next to red. It is a composition of colors and textures on a canvas. Kandinsky’s paintings have given a new meaning to music to the deaf viewers. For a person, who has never heard of music, Kandinsky’s painting will be a life changing experience.
Kandinsky did almost 30 preparatory drawings but it is so stunning to learn that after all the preparatory exercises, he executed the painting in less than four days. The preparatory of this painting includes fifteen other variants. And the variants include drawings, water colors, wood cuts, and oil paintings on the related themes. It is said Wassily Kandinsky – Composition VII 4 that, Kandinsky’s composition VII is a combination of the resurrection of the Christ, The last judgement, and The Garden of Love in an operatic outburst of pure painting.According to Kandinsky “music is an ultimate teacher”…
a concept that imposed on his first seven of his ten Compositions, Out of which, the first 3 paintings survived only through the black and white photographs taken by his fellow artist. Kandinsky was a strong believer in Apocalypse, i. e. , End of the world. This belief was very influential in his first seven compositions. Kandinsky always took a different path when approaching his paintings. It created the originality about his paintings, proving to be very unique.
Composition VII is a very complex piece which has so many motifs and themes involved. Kandinsky was at the height of his creativity, a respected artist and also was leading figure in his genre called abstract expressionist. His paintings don’t involve any kind of representational elements and replaced colors, tones and textures in his painting. He let the colors, tones and texture to speak for them. “Kandinsky calls abstract the content that painting must express, that’s to say this invisible life that we are.In such a way that the Kandinskian equation, to which we have alluded to, can be written in reality as follows: Interior = interiority = invisible = life = pathos = abstract. ” (Michel Henry, Seeing the invisible, on Kandinsky, p.
11). More about the artist: Wassily Kandinsky is a Russian artist whose work was recognised because of the abstractness. He is from Moscow, Russia. He went to the university of Moscow and Wassily Kandinsky – Composition VII 5 Studied law and economy. In 1896, he settled down in Munich and studied at a private school of Anton Azbe and then at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.He went back to Moscow in 1914, after World War I started. He was uncaring to the official theories on art in Moscow and returned to Germany in 1921.
He created paintings which evoke the emotions and his painting mainly talks about emotions and truth. During the time of war, Kandinsky saw his paintings and compositions as the remedy and relief for the sick. Conclusion Kandinsky’s concept and meaning in his abstract painting makes him and his compositions so unique. Composition VII is a very tough painting, and it is still tough for artists to recompose the painting.