Artist: Wassily Kandinsky
Name: Kandinsky Black and Violet 1923
Type: Canvas Print
Condition: Stretched (Ready to hang) or Rolled
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Some words about The Painting “Black and Violet”:
The canvas “Black and Violet,” like any other work by Wassily Kandinsky, can be interpreted in a variety of ways. In fact, the author began with this concept: art perception is highly subjective, and everyone should seek personal meaning for themselves.
The traditional interpretation is based on the color and shape characteristics left by Kandinsky in his theoretical works. Two protruding and semantic color centers – black and violet – cut by straight lines of figures are contrasts that symbolize tension and even struggle. This is a conflict of opposites, a conflict between darkness and light, a conflict between life and death.
Another intriguing viewpoint is related to the author’s theory of sound interpretation through graphic images, as stated in the book “Point and lines on a plane” chapter “Music.” Critics present the composition in the form of an orchestra that tunes its instruments, in accordance with his ideas about sound. Sounds are transformed into colors and shapes, some of which dominate, others are layered on top of each other, and still others contrast sharply. These consonances and dissonances should be felt by the viewer, not heard.
The painting was completed at the end of the master’s relatively quiet period of teaching Kandinsky at the Bauhaus in Germany. Later, his art will be deemed degenerate, and many of his works will be destroyed.