Sky Blue (1940)  by Wassily Kandinsky

Sky Blue


Biomorphic abstraction

Oil on canvas

39.4 × 28.7" (100.0 × 73.0 cm)

Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou

“The graphically austere image creation in his paintings gave way to baroque plenitude motifs that looked as if they had already lost any connection with the structure which had been underlying the surface for a long time being known to no one else but the artist, and it was only due to a creative act that it became visible to others… Weird figures emerged which you long to call creatures. The artist did not do anything to mitigate the fanciful and grotesque effect. Just the other way, the more absurd figures in the paintings, the more obvious is his determination to elaborate them to the very finest detail; the more sophisticated the shapes, the brighter the colors. Figures that had never been seen before but are still somehow familiar appear in two different configurations: it is either a composition closed in itself, or a disorderly heap of most discrepant shapes, scattered all over the canvas. The implementation is however so clear that there can be no incidental feature: a combination of precision and imagination!” Michel Conil Lacoste

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25 May 2021
Tamago : My parents hung this up in my room when I was little. I’d imagine my siblings and I were some of the creatures floating around in the sky :)
08 February 2017
Kate from NY: My daughter found an almost exact copy of "Sky Blue" in a thrift shop in NYC woven into a tapestry. It is hand made and expertly done. Wish I could find out more information about it's value?
12 May 2016
nognol from norway: I think that this painting could have been created to make the viewer become transported into a dream-like place due to thinking that the creatures could be alive. Kandinsky wants this so that you can look further into the painting, and start to believe that the creatures exist. I think that it may look quite boring when you first look but when you start to look in finer detail, you can see much more of Kandinsky's hidden skills.
14 November 2015
Me from Somewhere in the world: I quite like this painting because i have never seen something like it before and it is beyond anything i have seen before :)
12 July 2015
Laura from UK: this is my favorite of W.K\\\'s paintings.
It reminds me of a childhood dream, that curious sky filled with strange, colourful creatures that defy description.
I could look at it all day, and find something new each time, a new idea of emotion arises each time..it has a real,deep sense of magic for me.
24 May 2014
Rose from Texas: This paint is unique. The objects look like water animals but yet they are in the sky. In a way the painting seems dark and painful as if the artist was going through a hard time of their life.
30 March 2014
liam venables from haslemer: it is very boring
24 October 2011
Pat Cow from Highfeilds Farm, Cornwall: it is a moving picture
16 May 2011
Moo from New York: This is a interesting picture and website.....but i like it....cuz its warm....and soft...

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