Composition VII, Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky, 1913

Composition VII, Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky, 1913
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  • Posted by Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1913

Overview of the painting :

Composition VII – Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky. 1913. Oil on canvas 200×300 cm

   In addition to the detailed theoretical justifications for his work, Kandinsky left more than 30 sketches that demonstrate how scrupulously the preparatory process for writing Composition VII went. The work itself was completed in 4 days, which is photographic evidence.

   You can only look at the picture from the perspective of Kandinsky’s attitude to form and color – only in this case does the composition acquire a huge deepest meaning. The dominant colors of the canvas are red – a symbol of strength, purposeful immense power; blue is the color of peace, and white is the personification of eternity, the original being. Also in the work there is yellow, which the author has always characterized as frivolous and rapidly scattering.

   The color content is supported by a thoughtful composition of the work – this is a diagonally unfolding form, enclosed in the rectangular space of the canvas. The central motive of the artist announced an oval shape, which is crossed by many incorrect rectangles. Moreover, all this structured piling looks like an almost clearly defined cent, protruding in a whirlwind of flowers and whims.

   Art historians and researchers based on diary entries and a study of Kandinsky’s work as a whole came to the conclusion that Composition VII combines several topics in its plot-emotional sense at once – the Last Judgment, the World Flood, the Resurrection from the Dead and the Garden of Eden.