‘There is no must in art because art is free’

November 4, 2010


Wassily Kandinsky is well known for trying to create art that you would experience as you would music. Perhaps that is why I’ve always been so mesmerized by his bold, fluid, colorful paintings.  Even as a child he was deeply stimulated by certain colors, and attached meaning and emotion to each. I think I was attracted to this painting in particular because of the figures. They seem childish in the sense that they are defined similar to a coloring book character, without being filled in. This is interesting because it makes the color remain as the dominant subject in the painting. Even the definition between how he painted the colors seems to have meaning. The dominating blue section has various directions of brush strokes and shades of blue while the reds and yellows seem to be more blocky and defined. I also noticed that the warm tones are underneath the figures in the lower left hand corner, and the larger figures on the right hand side seem to be turning away from them.

            This painting in particular is very compelling to me, but because this painting is so abstract, the details I get meaning from may be far fetched from what Kandinsky was thinking when he painted it. As an intensely deep thinker, he would develop his ideas theoretically before he ever began composing. The abstraction found in his paintings is very precise, as he believed it left certain purity to the concept of the painting. Initially, I was drawn to this painting simply because of the fact that he was improvising. That takes his ability to produce a painting in its purest form to a whole new level. Although I love that he thought through his artworks so deeply, it’s intriguing that this just came to him. In a way perhaps it would have provided him with a chance to step back and see what he ideas he was able to develop on a less deliberate level, with a little more room for interpretation.

by Kiersten


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