Monday, December 19, 2011

Kandinsky, Wassily Wassilyevich

Composition X
Oil on canvas
130 x 195 cm (51 1/8 x 76 3/4 in)
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

"The term "Composition" can imply a metaphor with music. He was fascinated by music's emotional power. Because music expresses itself through sound and time, it allows the listener a freedom of imagination, interpretation, and emotional response that is not based on the literal or the descriptive, but rather on the abstract quality that painting, still dependent on representing the visible world, could not provide. Music can respond and appeal directly to the artist's "internal element" and express spiritual values, thus for him it is a more advanced art. In his writings Kandinsky emphasizes this superiority in advancing toward what he calls the epoch of the great spiritual.

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (1866 – 1944), born in Moscow into a merchant family, was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely-abstract works.
He enrolled at the University of Moscow, chose to study law and economics, and after passing his examinations, lectured at the Moscow Faculty of Law. Thus he pursued his academic career but at the same time paid more and more attention to art. Finally he took the post of art director of a publishing house in Moscow, in order to devote himself to the study of painting, refusing an offer from a University to head one of their departments.

Kandinsky continued painting almost until his death in June, 1944. his unrelenting quest for new forms which carried him to the very extremes of geometric abstraction have provided us with an unparalleled collection of abstract art.