Crinoline Lady (1909)  by Wassily Kandinsky

Crinoline Lady


Oil on canvas

37.9 × 50.6" (96.3 × 128.5 cm)

Moscow, The State Tretyakov Gallery

In the 1900s, Kandinsky was a supporter of the ideas of Symbolism and Art Nouveau. He cooperated with the magazine Mir iskusstva (World of Art) - the main publication of Russian Symbolism. The themes typical for artists of this movement appeared in the master’s works. They were related to the aristocratic culture of XVIII - first half of XIX century. Ladies in Crinolines is one of the central works on this topic. It combines impressionistic understanding of color in which it is perceived as a result of a certain intensity of illumination of an object, the desire for monumental and decorative generalization typical of Art Nouveau, and some understatement coming from an unclear storyline common to Symbolism. The masters from the magazine Mir iskusstva revived the world of manorial estates as if it was real, looking at the past with a certain distance caused by the lyrical and ironic intonation and construction of “toy-like” images. The artist builds the composition without relying on the plot: it is organized on the basis of rhythm in the layout of figures emerging as some ghosts of the past. The artist seeks to convey the flavor of the past life.

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20 September 2014
hank from california: Art is life...CREATION/PROCREATION. Gotta love the creators. But, I see this same great stuff weekly on the New Yorker Magazine. We're forever finding someone or thing to lionize.

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