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Description of the painting by Vasily Kandinsky “Black Lines” (1913)


The canvas was created during the artist’s creative upsurge. It remarkably reflects his personality at that time. In one of his first fundamental abstract canvases, the artist uses black strokes against a background of bright color, forming disharmony. All the basic colors of the spectrum and their subtlest shades lay in large strokes on the canvas, denoting bizarre rounded and curved figures connected and running against each other according to special laws.

However, the picture is a lyrical work. The artist sets himself the task of stirring up the contemplator, arouse a flurry of emotions in him, and have a heart-to-heart talk with him. He was the first to understand that it’s important for a modern painter to not only display what he saw, recreate it, copy it, but show a secret, hidden from view. He founded a type of painting, built on emotions and feelings.

On canvas, the color in soft pastel colors creates a field that plays with shades, and expressive picturesque spots do not look numb and shapeless. They froze for a moment before the new movement. Such expressive figurative technique allows you to feel the inconstancy of life, the variability of mood. The finest black lines indicate the fragility and fragility of a changing reality. These weightless strokes are also in the process of moving, they seem to glide smoothly against a colorful background, without mixing with it. In some places, they look like animated creatures resembling tiny fluffy insects, amusing themselves and enjoying the sun and a spectacular colorful environment.

A system of elegant nerve strokes shows a graphic two-dimensional impression, while unstable trembling outlines represent a variety of spatial depth. In an article about his painting, Kandinsky reported that his goal was to deliver a lot of little pleasure and joy on the canvas. Therefore, do not search for a plot on this canvas. Like all abstract creations, he expresses instant impressions and premonitions of the author, his personal contemplation and understanding of reality. For this reason, such moments remain in eternity and serve as a reflection of that reality, which is now distant from us by time and space, but remains in memory.





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