Black and Violet, 1923 by Wassily Kandinsky

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The subject matter of the Black and Violet is determined by two large dominating forms of corresponding colors and their accompanying forms. There are the two sailboats plowing through the calm water on the right, and the sinister black cloud of the approaching storm on the left, which has already drawn up with the third one whose mast is topped with the Russian flag. Such an interpretation may well be read as an illustrated history of the Kandinskys’ departure from Russia.

The geometric shapes in this composition are uniquely used to create an appearance of infinite shapes that continue pattern deeper and deeper into themselves. This exquisite painting is a testament to the raw yet disciplined talent of the artist. Black and Violet is an example of the profound depth and powerful strength of the artist’s devotion to inner beauty.


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