November 22, 2021 3 min read

Wassily Kandinsky he is considered to be the beginning of art both lyrical abstraction and expressionism. He spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated from the Grekov Odessa Art School; however, he didn't begin studying painting until he was 30. Kandinsky's works underwent astonishing changes in style, and the following ten paintings provide clear evidence of his amazing.


The years 1910 to 1914 are considered the peak of Kandinsky’s career, and this painting is cited as the pinnacle of his artistic achievement during the period. Composition VII is believed to allude to the apocalyptic themes of Deluge, Last Judgement, Resurrection and Paradise. A swirling hurricane of colors and shapes, it was considered by Kandinsky to be the most complex piece he ever painted. It is also the most famous painting by  the artist.


A milestone for 20th century modern art, this painting portrays different forms in a magnificent color scheme. The painting is said to represent life’s opportunities using black to represent death and how all those opportunities can be taken away. The white may also express peace while black may be used to portray nothingness. On White II is the most famous of the numerous abstract geometrical artworks of Wassily Kandinsky.


This Composition VIII is a synthesis of elements from Suprematism, Constructivism and the Bauhaus school, and illustrates Kandinsky's command over modern art of the time. Composition VIII with its rational geometric order is the polar opposite to the previous and more famed work in the series Composition VII. It is one of the most renowned works of the Composition series as well as Kandinsky’s Bauhaus period.


Art historians believe Kandinsky's many early abstractions were inspired by primitive art. This painting is an untitled work by Kandinsky which is now famous as the First Abstract Watercolor. It is credited by some to be the first purely abstract painting and it is definitely one of the firsts. In it, Kandinsky, for the first time, completely moved away from representational traditions and towards pure abstraction.


Kandinsky was a Russian art movement focused on portraying basic geometric forms in a limited range of colors. Kandinsky taught at Bauhaus, the modernist art school in Germany, which had a major influence on 20th century art. Yellow-Red-Blue can be seen as a symphony created by merging Bauhaus techniques and Kandinsky's suprematist ideas. It can be divided into two parts with geometric shapes and bright colors on the left and abstract shapes and dark colors on the right.


Kandinsky is credited with having created the first purely abstract painting, but The Blue Rider is not just that. This particular work was remembered for another reason. In 1911, Kandinsky he was among a group of German and Russian artists who founded a group called Der Blaue Reiter, or The Blue Rider. The painting, completed in 1903, is a good example of his earlier works. The paintings, which show the influence of French impressionism.


Kandinsky's paintings became more abstract, and with Murnau View With Railway and Castle, you can see a light sign along the way. In 1909, Kandinsky painted after he had traveled through much of Europe and then decided to settle in Murnau, a small town in Bavaria. In this paintings shows how color is just as important as the shapes, and detail in this paintings the train and the castle are evident, as are several other forms in the background.


Composition VI
is one of Kandinsky's abstract paintings, in which he tried to create perfect specific images. Specifically the water apocalypse, plus baptism and rebirth, all in one painting. Once he was able to free himself from his thoughts on the piece, it took him only three days to complete it.


Several Circles
is known for the way Kandinsky uses colors, with the perfect circles of hues placed on top of one another to form varying shades, and the black background is also important. For him, black symbolizes death, but more importantly represents hopelessness and nothingness. Despite this, the other hues contribute to the overall impression of the piece, which at first glance seems quite colorful and bright, like planets under a black sky.


Composition X, Kandinsky's painted only five years before his death. The period between 1939 and his death in 1944 is known as the Great Synthesis. In this work, as in many others, Kandinsky wanted some characteristics to be immediately evident while others would be revealed only with time. When all phases of his art and theory came together in a series of paintings with unique style and flair, that he received worldwide recognition.

Geoffrey CONCAS
Geoffrey CONCAS