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Composition VII

Painting, 1913, 200×300 cm

Description of the artwork «Composition VII»

"Composition VII" created by Kandinsky in 1913, is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of abstract art. This work is a logical continuation of the Songs Vand VI all three paintings United by the theme of the Apocalypse. Elements of "Composition VI" - the Flood and the Resurrection are viewed in this work. Its main theme – the last judgment, but it is not seen as disaster but rather as a liberation, the world's transition from the material to the spiritual. Therefore, the "Composition VII" from other works of the series feature bright colors, "flashing" contrast lines.

The composition of each work of Kandinsky is striving to build so that the viewer could "enter" inside the picture and rotate it. He weights the lower edge of the composition, thereby pushing it forward, and the upper part, on the contrary, facilitates, distancing her from the viewer. One of the main Kandinsky contrasts between blue and yellow flowers set in the center of the composition creates a zone of active movement into and out of.

Kandinsky spent many months in preparation for the writing of "Composition VII", but the creation of the paintings took him only four days. The artist has made about 30 sketches to canvas (1, 2). Some of them remind of detailed sketches to paintings Caravaggioor Leonardo da Vinci depicting the folds of fabric, the leaves on the trees or human limbs. Some of the times just repeated the same curved line, on the other schematically shows the basic structural elements of the composition, and still others contain a detailed plan for the creation of the canvas. In addition there are about 15 different pictures related to "Composition VII": the oil sketches, pencil sketches, watercolors, paintings on glass and engraving.

Gabrielle Munter, who was a witness to the creation of paintings, November 25, 1913, made in his diary entry about that in their house in Murnau delivered a canvas for "Composition VII", Kandinsky and the same evening I set to work. The next morning she took the first photograph of the painting, and after lunch the second. Journal entry Munter on November 28, says that the picture is complete. On the morning of 29 November, she took a picture of the finished work. So was recorded the birth of a great masterpiece.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Style of art: Abstractionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1913

Size: 200×300 cm

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