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Blue rider

Painting, 1903, 55×65 cm

Description of the artwork «Blue rider»

Small, in comparison with more recent monumental canvases, painting "The blue rider" was written by Kandinsky at the beginning of his artistic career. We can say that this work is one of the most important and significant not only for the early period of Kandinsky, but for his career. In the end, this cloth gave the name of the creative Association, established in 1911 by Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. After only three years the group "Blue rider" managed to put on the head of the German painting tradition and to develop fundamentally new forms of art.

Wassily Kandinsky never did allegations that the Association was named in honor of his paintings. The artist only once admitted that the name was a tribute to both the founders: "We both loved blue. I horsemen, mark of horses". Riders really are heroes of his paintings (1, 2, 3, 4) as often as Franz Marc blue horses portrays (1, 2, 3). For these heroes Kandinsky even after leaving in the abstract periodically returned to figurative painting, for example, in 1915, depicts George on horseback.

The painting "Blue rider" became the first scenic work of the artist, depicting man on horseback. Although it was written long before the rejection of Kandinsky's painting from the subject, some critics already see in it the prerequisites of the future style of the artist. Dressed in a blue horseman, who gallops across the green meadow is depicted as if carelessly, his blurry figure and the face does not allow to guess the gender or age. The blurred outline of a person with blurred background create a sense of quick, rapid movements, leaving no doubt that the rider rushing to their invisible targets at full speed. Some researchers have proposed the hypothesis that human hands lies the infant. According to this theory, one can imagine a whole fascinating story, romantic or tragic, hiding behind the canvas.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Post-Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Cardboard

Date of creation: 1903

Size: 55×65 cm

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