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Top 10 Paintings | 'Composition VII' by Wassily Kandinsky

Posted by Josie Mitchell

Known for creating one of the first abstract paintings, Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) spent his life experimenting with his artistic talent. With Composition VII (1913) Kandinsky tried to capture the feeling of hearing music using a cacophony of form and colour that make a truly distinct style. It is considered to be one of his most recognisable and successful works.

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Topics: Wassily Kandinsky, abstract art

Top 10 Painters | Wassily Kandinsky

Posted by Josie Mitchell

A pioneer of abstract art, Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) is still renowned for his woodcuts, paintings and heading of the Blue Rider group which included Franz Marc (1880–1916), August Macke (1887–26) and Paul Klee – all Expressionist yet very distinct from each other in terms of technique. Kandinsky's style went through many changes, ranging from the fast brush work and striking colours of Fauvism to the horizontal lines and plain colours of Neoplasticism. It is perhaps because of this changeability that his work is still loved by many today. 

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Topics: Wassily Kandinsky, modern art

Exploring the Dada Movement | Masterpieces of Art

Posted by Matt Knight

Wassily Kandinsky is considered to be the 'Father of the Abstract.' From an early age he had a strong connection to colour and throughout his artistic career he was interested in the portrayal of colours and shape. It took a simple mix up, when his wife accidentally set his work in progress on its side, for him to find artistic truth. Kandinsky's art was an extension of his spiritual thoughts and the abstract works that he created inspired many artists and art movements.

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Topics: Wassily Kandinsky, Masterpieces of Art, abstract art

Kandinsky’s Later Years: Visions and Contrasts | Art of Fine Gifts

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

As explored in our previous Kandinsky blogpost, this is an artist who had a strong awareness of colour from an early age. This is brought out with great intensity in his later, more abstract paintings: the works that we now recognise most clearly as ‘Kandinsky’s’. Paintings like ‘Yellow, Red, Blue’ (1925) demonstrate the play of colour that Kandinsky used as a way of echoing, and influencing, emotions.     

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Topics: Wassily Kandinsky, Masterpieces of Art, abstract art

Kandinsky, Known For More Than Just Doodles | Art of Fine Gifts

Posted by Matt Knight

The star of today's (16/12/14) 'Google Doodle', Wassily Kandinsky was an abstract painter born in 1866. Considered by many to be the 'Father of the Abstract', Kandinsky's art focussed on the portrayal of colours and shape – he compared the compositions of his paintings to the creations of the cosmos, beauty borne from catastrophe. In today's blog we look at the master's early years and how it was that he selected abstract as his form of choice. 

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Topics: Wassily Kandinsky, Masterpieces of Art

Art of Fine Gifts: Paul Klee's Degenerate Art

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

'Anyone who sees and paints the sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilised'
Adolf Hitler

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Topics: Wassily Kandinsky, modern art

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