Composition X (1939) by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition X - Kandinsky, Wassily - 1939 - 2

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TitleComposition X
ArtistWassily Kandinsky
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions130 x 195 cm
Art MovementAbstract Art
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Location Created Paris, France
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About Composition X

Wassily Kandinsky’s artwork, Composition X of 1939, is a unique piece of art that allows viewers to feel locked in a sense of closure. The monochromatic art showcases a powerful, poignant message with its entire canvas painted in black. This color is typically not associated with finality or closure, but this picture does exemplify that notion.

The artwork is supposedly one of his last pieces he had created before his death in 1944 and thus resonates deeply with many who are familiar with the artist’s work. In the painting, there is an ocean composed of black waves that seem to represent the unknown future. Watched from above are several figures emerging from the depths of this calm and dark waters. The shapes hint at movements, as if these characters are marching forward into whatever lies ahead for them.

This piece speaks profoundly about how we must face our fears and move on through tumultuous times, no matter what darkness comes in our way. It is this concept that truly makes Composition X such an inspirational example of Kandinsky’s works as it serves both aesthetically and as a symbol for closure or finality in human experience. To understand the context better, one must compare it to Kandinsky’s Composition VII of 1913 which was painted earlier to symbolise life and dynamism – the stark contrast between these two works really brings out the power of their messages combined.

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