Black Spot I (1912) by Wassily Kandinsky

Black Spot I - Wassily Kandinsky - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleBlack Spot I
ArtistWassily Kandinsky
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100 x 130 cm
Art MovementAbstract Art
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Location Created Munich / Monaco, Germany

About Black Spot I

The artwork entitled “Black Spot I” was created by the illustrious artist Wassily Kandinsky in 1912. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures 100 x 130 cm, exemplifying the principles of Abstract Art. Kandinsky painted this piece in Munich, Germany, and it is now part of the collection at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Regarding the artwork itself, it stands as a vivacious interplay of color and form, divorced from the traditional representation of physical objects. The canvas is animated with a variety of shapes and lines that appear to float freely, interacting with each other in a dynamic and seemingly spontaneous manner. Color plays a central role in this composition, featuring a bold contrast between the titular black spot and the brighter surrounding hues. These elements come together to form a non-objective work, evocative of Kandinsky’s belief in the emotional power of color and form, a core tenant of his abstract ideology.

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