The first abstract watercolor, Kandinsky

The first abstract watercolor, Kandinsky
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  • Posted by Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky
  • Museum: Georges Pompidou Center, Paris
  • Year: 1910

Overview of the painting :

The first abstract watercolor – Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky. 1910. Ink, paper, watercolor. 49.6 x 64.8 cm

   Such an uncomplicated name for the picture is justified, because this is really the first abstract work of the master. It is also known under one more “talking” name – “Without a name”.

   In 1910, Vasily Kandinsky proclaimed pointlessness as the basic principle of his further work. He left only the shape and color of the spokesmen for the content of the paintings, for it cannot be said that in the absence of a plot, his work is empty. Today, the paintings of Vasily Vasilievich are deciphered through the prism of his theoretical work, where he substantiated in detail his original creative method.

   The picture is a small format graphic sheet, the content of which resembles a certain impromptu. To create it, the author used watercolors, mascara and pencil.

   The white background can be interpreted as silence, because Kandinsky deciphered this color as an exponent of silence. Red denotes movement and anxiety in the picture, as well as male power, while blue acts as a symbol of mystery and even mysticism. There is also yellow as a designation of the earth, black as a sign of the Apocalypse (faded Sun) and green – an exponent of indifference. Lustful forms are designed to emphasize the meaning of each color.

   Although other, more interesting works of the master followed the untitled watercolor, this picture is of tremendous importance for Kandinsky, speaking as a new milestone that marked the complete change of the painter’s creative paradigm.