Oil on cardboard
70 х 106
State Russian Museum
Study for the painting of the same name (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; 1913).
Composition with White Border characterises Wassily Kandinsky's early period. The original painting system the artist had created by that time, called abstraction, found in this painting its mature implementation. This painting, like all of Kandinsky's "absolute paintings" of the 1910s, is characterised by its cosmic qualities and its interest in the mystical mystery of the birth and death of worlds. Here, the artist used his favourite motif of "exploding" forms. Amplified by sonorous colour contrasts, arcs and sharp and jagged forms, it imparts to the image a charge of turbulent energy. Like the sounds of music and form freed from the shackles of objectivity, filled with dynamic forms, the intense colouring transmits spiritual impulses: moods, ideas and the artist s revelations. For the artist, the creation of art was act of recording his insights. In this work, Kandinsky s premonition of future world catastrophes is reflected.
Kandinsky, Wassily (Vasily Vasilyevich)
1866, Moscow - 1944, Neuillysur-Seine (France)
Painter, graphic artist, book illustrator, writer on painting and poetry. Studied law and political economy at the Moscow University (1885-93). Studied art at Anton Aube's private studio (1896-97) and the Akademie Franz von Stuck in Munich (1900). One of the founders of the Phalanx group (1901), organised the Neue Kimst-lervereinigung in Munich (1909). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Jack of Diamonds (1910, 1912), Der blaue Reiter (1911-12) and Galerie Der Strum (1913). Worked for Department of An, People's Commissariat of Education (1918), headed the Museum of Painterly Culture in Moscow (1919-20). Emigrated to Germany (1921) and France (1933).