Painting “Blue Horseman”, Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky

Painting “Blue Horseman”, Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky
Painting "Blue Horseman", Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky - 1

  • Posted by Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1903

Overview of the painting :

Blue rider – Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky. 1903. Cardboard, butter. 55 x 65 cm

   Reading the name of the picture, “Blue Horseman”, for lovers of the work of Vasily Kandinsky, first of all, this particular canvas will come to mind, but a whole union founded by Kandinsky and Franz Mark, which was of the same name. Meanwhile, the work of Kandinsky was written back in 1903, while the first exhibition of the society took place only in 1911.

   How not the author’s picture looks like abstract, more famous works of Kandinsky, created after a period in Murnau (Bavaria)! This is not surprising, because the painter will break the connection with subject painting much later, and in the early 1900s Vasily Vasilievich travels a lot in Europe and his style is still being formed.

   During these years, he is passionate about the landscape, as you can see from this work. As the artist later admitted, the essence of his work during this period came down to unlimited love for nature.

   Indeed, the rider in the blue vestments occupies only a small area of the canvas, while the large area is entirely given to the green meadow, slender birch trees in the autumn decoration and bright sunlight, illuminating this seemingly accidentally snatched plot. The author filigreely conveys his admiration for the outside world using color spots, contrasting or enjoying them.

   The person himself, galloping on horseback, is also transferred unusually – rapid force, impulse, rampant energy carry a rider who is about to cross the picture horizontally.

   The whole work is imbued with joy and enthusiasm, which is skillfully transmitted by the master by the power of the color palette. Soon, these color spots will gradually displace the plot outline of Kandinsky’s work, becoming an independent semantic center, forming content, thereby opening a completely new page in the history of world fine art.