Composition X (1939)  by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition X

1939

Biomorphic abstraction

Oil on canvas

51.2 × 76.8" (130.0 × 195.0 cm)

Dusseldorf. Germany. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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The key characteristic of this composition is obviously an immobile black ocean against the background of which colors and forms emerge in isolation. The magnificence of these colored forms leads to reflections about shapes, created by Matisse a decade later. The movement of forms is clearly directed upwards from both sides of the central axis, which crosses the object resembling a book and situating closer to the upper part of the canvas. In general the composition arouses sensation of some external space with soaring objects in it.
Kandinsky always expressed great aversion to black color, and it is very symbolic that he had chosen this very color as a dominant one for his last composition.

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3 comments

bec,

16 September 2017
cool


Gold Maple,

28 October 2015
I think that composition X is beautiful. It almost looks like Kandinsky had painted all his feelings about his life and used black as the dominant colour to show that he knew he was close to death. The painting looks like he wanted to leave behind his mark and he definitely did!


WASSILY KANDINSKY, IDK

15 March 2015
VERY GOOD



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