Composition VI (1913) by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition VI - Wassily Kandinsky - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleComposition VI
ArtistWassily Kandinsky
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions195 x 300 cm
Art MovementAbstract Art
Current LocationHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Location Created Munich / Monaco, Germany

About Composition VI

“Composition VI” is an abstract artwork by Wassily Kandinsky, completed in 1913. This oil on canvas painting is a notable example of abstract art and belongs to Kandinsky’s “Compositions” series. The dimensions of the artwork are substantial, measuring 195 x 300 cm. Originally created in Munich, Germany, the artwork now resides in the Hermitage Museum, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The artwork is characterized by a dynamic array of colors and forms that swirl and intersect across the canvas. It lacks recognizable figures or objects, instead consisting of diverse shapes and lines that seem to float and collide in an amorphous space. The colors are vibrant and vary from bold reds and blues to softer yellows and pastels, suggesting depth and motion. This complex visual mosaic reflects Kandinsky’s interest in the inner emotional resonances that abstract forms and colors can evoke in the viewer. As a pioneer of abstract art, Kandinsky’s work often sought to transcend the visual depiction of the external world to explore the intangible spiritual and psychological experiences. “Composition VI,” in particular, invites an introspective engagement, urging the spectator to interpret the painting through a personal lens of emotion and thought.

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