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Composition VII (1913)  by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition VII

1913

Oil on canvas

78.7 × 118.1" (200.0 × 300.0 cm)

Moscow, The State Tretyakov Gallery

Kandinsky’s Composition VII is justly considered to be the apex of his artwork before the First Word War. More than 30 sketches made in watercolors and oil paints precede this painting, and they can serve as “documentary” proof of this work creation. Surprisingly that after the painter had finished his long preliminary work, the composition itself was created for 4 days only. This can be proved by photographs taken between the 25th and the 28th of November 1913. The main theme, which is an oval form intersected by an irregular rectangle, is perceived like the center surrounded by the vortex of colors and forms. By means of records and some works examination art historians defined that the Composition VII is a combination of several themes namely Resurrection, the Judgment Day, the Flood and the Garden of Eden. Such combination is expressed as a symbiosis of pure painting.

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13 comments

19 August 2018
Arlind: It's like a blistering coctail made of erratic thoughts, I guess. But beautiful! .
27 June 2018
japhet zayas: I've always been interested in the lives of artists in different fields of endeavor. Kandinsky's life and work are of particular interest to me. I recall reading that Kandinsky was synesthetic. If so, he painted the colors he heard. He felt colors on a distinctly novel level. I read a description of his perception of the colorful roofs of Kremlin edifices and his words reflect seeing sounds. Just the same his abstract and surrealistic works are testaments to his unique talents.
07 March 2018
Kate: its absolutely amazing;)
30 October 2017
Charles: Good
12 August 2017
Greg: I wonder if artist such as Shawn Thornton are inspired by this type of art and specifically this artist.
14 July 2017
Jordi: The solar plexus of space-time. Russia was born to suffer, therefore exist.
16 May 2017
Gianni: Who owns this painting know and did anyone else have to write an essay on this? Because I did!
10 May 2016
tangzhangli from china: good
10 June 2015
Ernest J. Smith: Who owned this painting after Kandinsky died, and how did this painting end up at the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow?
07 January 2015
Bea from Bea: Awesome
11 April 2012
tum from ca: nothing
02 June 2010
gaia from udine: chi mi aiuta a fare la lettura dell' opera del quadro di vasilij kandinskij ''Composition VII''??
14 March 2010
Beatriz: Nao adiantou nada

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