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Painting, 1930, 40.5×56 cm

Description of the artwork «Moody»

Wassily Kandinsky, childhood and adolescence which took place in the seaside of Odessa, during the whole of his career often turned to the sea theme. Boats, ships, sails, and a variety of marine animals appear in his paintings equally often in the different periods of creativity (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). Is no exception and "Capricious", one of the latest works, the Central part which occupies a large ship, something like a futuristic fish.

Despite a strong desire to fulfill its religious mission in art and serious research works in this field, Kandinsky was not alien to some jocularity, he could talk and write about art with witty comments and some of his paintings (especially the late period) are of a humorous character. The impression that due to his serious approach to creativity in the early years, Kandinsky can afford in the end to make it a certain ironic element of the game.

Trying to penetrate the secrets of the canvas "Capricious" leaves more questions than answers. At first glance there is nothing unusual: the Central object of the painting is more reminiscent of an ocean vessel. A number of details surrounding it, only confirms this assumption: an elliptical shape under the ship's hull is easiest to accept for the fish, and segments of circles – schematic representation of the waves. Triangles on masts signal flags, the add-on deck – bridge, and dancing and gesticulating figures of a team.

But do not forget about the abstract nature of the pattern, in accordance with which all the elements here were ambiguous, even including the uncertainty of the direction in which we think the ship is sailing. And if to assume that the ship is actually not a ship, and the water is not water, then we can see the image more of a "space ship" drifting across the sky with two suns and a Crescent moon. In this case it is possible to build a plausible theory that Kandinsky anticipated the approaching space age dress up on the canvas with the imagination of science fiction writers.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Style of art: Abstractionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Cardboard

Date of creation: 1930

Size: 40.5×56 cm

Artwork in selections: 21 selections