Composition IX (1936)  by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition IX

1936

Biomorphic abstraction

Oil on canvas

44.7 × 76.8" (113.5 × 195.0 cm)

Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou

179 views in August

The “Composition IX” is often numbered among surrealism works, though Kandinsky himself denied any influence of surrealism on his works. But it is still obvious that biomorphic shapes are very close to those of surrealists, for example of Joan Mir?.
The painter created only one preliminary sketch for this “Composition IX”, while the “Composition X” was made even without any of it. According to Nina Kandinskaya at that point of her husband’s creative progress the painter was able to “see” the picture exclusively in his head, and then he just revealed it on the canvas. Wide diagonal colored stripes on the background serve as a basis for biomorphic and geometric forms as if soaring above it. The “Composition IX” bears palpable decorative sensation in comparison with emotional depth and expressiveness of his earlier compositions.

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4 comments

papa pete, italy

22 February 2015
this is masterpiece


Peggy, Haker

05 June 2014
Looking to purchase a copy. When will it become available? Where else might I find it?


Mark, Maine

16 January 2013
Where do I find this print for sale???


Kate Elliott, aol.com

24 October 2011
Perchance is there a print available of this masterpiece?



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