Composition IV (1911) by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition IV - Wassily Kandinsky - 1911

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TitleComposition IV
ArtistWassily Kandinsky
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions159.5 x 250.5 cm
Art MovementAbstract Art
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Location Created Munich / Monaco, Germany

About Composition IV

“Composition IV” is a seminal artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, created in 1911. As an oil on canvas, it measures 159.5 by 250.5 centimeters and exemplifies the Abstract Art movement. The piece forms part of Kandinsky’s renowned “Compositions” series and is currently housed at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Germany. Notably, the artist executed this abstract genre masterpiece in Munich, Germany.

The artwork itself is a vibrant and dynamic array of colors and shapes, designed to evoke emotion rather than represent the natural world directly. It is characterized by a complex arrangement of abstract elements, including intersecting lines, geometric forms, and sweeping curves. Kandinsky’s use of contrasting colors, as well as the interplay between light and dark hues, underscores the emotional intensity and depth of the piece.

Kandinsky was known for his theoretical writings on art, where he advocated for the significance of color and form as a means of communication and expression, independent of visual references to the physical world. In “Composition IV,” one can perceive how this philosophy translates into his art; there are hints of figuration that are almost entirely abstracted into a visual language of color and form. The broad brushstrokes and seemingly spontaneous placements of color contribute to the sense of movement and improvisation, inviting the viewer to experience a purely visceral and introspective response.

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