The founder of abstract art Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky began to seriously engage in painting at the age of thirty, leaving for this a brilliant legal career. He studied in Europe with venerable teachers of painting, trying to take their knowledge to the maximum, but even then he had his own recognizable style.
At first, the artist painted in a manner similar to the style of impressionist painters. And nothing until 1910 could indicate in his works the upcoming birth of a new style called abstractionism with its riot of color and form. The artist considered creativity a liberation of the spirit, which was confirmed by all his further works.
For an uninitiated viewer, accustomed to clear subject forms and plots, it is quite difficult to discern in the abstract style paintings the specifics that the author put into them. In the canvas called "Composition VII" (working title - Flood) there are only lines, colors and planes. But it is they who convey the mood that the artist put into the picture.
The drama of the flood itself is conveyed by rough strokes of red-blue stripes intersecting with transverse black lines running down from the top of the picture. To mitigate, the artist used pink overflows of tones of various saturations, bringing a certain solemnity to the canvas. The forms of dark brown color are notes of hopelessness, and yellow and green strokes are designed to balance the overall palette of the picture and give everything that happens on it additional activity.
In general, Kandinsky sought not only to display the flood as a dramatic moment or disaster, but also the subsequent act of creating a new world. The picture contains the dynamics of the movement of life, expressed exclusively by color and indefinite forms.
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