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Description of the painting by Vasily Kandinsky “Dominant curve”

Description of the painting by Vasily Kandinsky “Dominant curve”


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Vasily Kandinsky is known throughout the world as one of the founders of abstract art. Parents saw their son as a lawyer, and he obediently entered Moscow University. Everything was changed by the exhibition of the Impressionists, which Vasily got in - at thirty, he decides to drastically change his life and become an artist. To learn the skill of the artist a young man travels to London. Already the first works of Kandinsky were significantly different from everything his teachers were used to. The form was not yet abstract and conventional, but bright acid colors caused misunderstanding and discontent of the old masters. The artist’s creativity developed rapidly, but at first it was rather difficult to see the creator of a new genre in it - it seemed to academics that the young draftsman was not diligent in painting landscapes from nature and relates to tasks with a kind of humor.

Gradually, in Kandinsky's paintings, colored lines and spots displace real objects and human figures. Images are becoming more schematic, primitive; the idea of ​​artlessness delighted the artist in itself, but he lacked the courage to take the last step towards absolute abstraction. One evening, in his workshop, Vasily dreamed of a perfect, perfect canvas; the canvas was leaned against the wall and at dusk seemed unrealistically beautiful, striking with incredible combinations of color spots. A minute later, the artist realized that this was his own painting turned upside down. At that moment, Kandinsky realized that the combination of lines and spots can produce the deepest impression and be extremely emotional.

The painting The dominant curve is one of the most striking and characteristic in the artist's work. It traces the influence of surrealism. Along with the geometric forms familiar to abstract art, Kandinsky introduces some bright biomorphic objects and images on this canvas. The artist believed that each work of art is a thing in itself that does not require the understanding of the audience, and as if to confirm this thought, it has endlessly experimented with form and color.

The multi-colored dominant curve in this picture is made mainly of red and green paint. To her left are large yellow and green circles, absolutely unexpectedly giving the compound something like a dark crimson hue. In the upper right corner - the ideal form of black and white circles resembling phonograph records. In the lower right corner are cubic forms of a blue and white staircase. The remaining details of the picture seem to be of biological origin; pink and white roundness, similar to crustacean claws; two multi-colored formations resembling a human profile; black and dark green elements, in appearance - the stems and leaves of plants. At the moment, the picture is in the Guggenheim Museum in New York.





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