Composition IX (1936) by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition IX - Kandinsky, Wassily - 1936 - 2

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TitleComposition IX
ArtistWassily Kandinsky
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions113.5 x 195 cm
Art MovementAbstract Art
Current LocationGeorges Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Location Created Paris, France
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About Composition IX

Composition IX is a vibrantly cheerful 1936 abstract artwork by Wassily Kandinsky. It incorporates biomorphic forms to create an intriguing aesthetic, which is a reflection of the combination of biomist and futurist styles that had influenced Kandinsky’s work at the time. The artist was also familiar with cubism, and it can be argued that it played a role in the development of his style. While he encountered Picasso’s work for the first time and was left with a sense of mission, his world would eventually be changed after seeing an exhibition of French impressionists. He went on to meet Marcel Duchamp and learn about futurism, a style he ultimately came to love.

The “Composition IX” measures 113.5 cm x 195 cm and is currently held in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Though often referred to among works from the surrealism movement, Kandinsky himself never credited this influence in his art – instead being enticed by creating abstract compositions that expressed his unusual perception of things.

Next in this series is Black Spot I 1912, another colorful abstract piece by Wassily Kandinsky with geometric shapes as its key focus. This painting also demonstrates his layered approach as well as contrasting vibrant colors which generate an interesting effect in those who view it.

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