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Blue sky

Wassily Kandinsky • Painting, 1940, 100×73 cm
About the artwork
Art form: Painting
Style of art: Abstractionism, Surrealism
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 1940
Size: 100×73 cm
Artwork in collection: Added By Rita Rita Lozinskaya
Artwork in selections: 97 selections

Description of the artwork «Blue sky»

Scholar of Kandinsky Michel Conil-Lacoste wrote about the painting "Blue sky" so: "Graphic strictness in this picture is inferior to the Baroque multiplicity of motives, they look like they have lost all touch with the structure that was decisive in space and has long been a clear and visible only to the artist, and his only duty was to make it visible for everyone else. Strange floating figures want to call creatures. The artist does nothing to mitigate this bizarre, grotesque effect. On the other hand, the more absurd these figures, the more obvious his desire to study them in minute detail, the more refined their shapes, the brighter color".

After closing Bauhaus in 1933, Kandinsky moved to Paris. Here he would reside until his death, since after the exhibition "Degenerate art" by the Nazis in 1937 and presented about 50 of his works, to return to Germany, the artist could not.

In the last years of his life Kandinsky, according to many researchers, returns to figurative painting. However, it is very difficult to call itself in the traditional sense, rather as a kind of synthesis with abstract art. The artist's paintings are becoming a bit humorous, even playful tone. Kandinsky begins to inhabit his works of fancy "biomorphic" shapes, or flying, or floating on the surface of the canvas (1, 2, 3, 4). The picture Blue sky - the brightest representative of this period. Creatures, similar to both fish and birds and animals reminiscent of works Joan Miro at first glance randomly scattered on the blue background. But this is misleading, as Kandinsky still attaches great importance to the composition. The mystery of the nature of these creatures is increasing and due to the uncertainty of background: despite the title of the painting, it is impossible with complete certainty that we face is the sky, not the waves of the sea.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov