Composition VI

Composition VI
Artist Wassily Kandinsky
Year 1913
Medium Oil on canvas
Location The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia
Dimensions 195 x 300 cm
76.8 x 118.1 in
Wassily Kandinsky Famous Paintings
Der Blaue Reiter, 1903
Composition IV, 1911
Composition VII, 1913
On White II, 1923
Composition VI, 1913
Composition VIII, 1923
Yellow-Red-Blue, 1925
Black and Violet, 1923
Composition X, 1939
Complete Works

It took Wassily Kandinsky almost 6 months to create Composition VI which was published in 1913. Initially, he intended the artwork to evoke baptism, flood, destruction as well as rebirth. Composition VI is regarded as Wassily’s most thought-provoking piece.

The painting comprises of a collage of a variety of semicircles, twisting lines and vibrant burst of colors. Twirl piles of matter spread all over like waves lit up by lightning flashes and soaked in thundery rainfall. This seems to create a universal calamity impression.

Technique

At first, Wassily outlined the piece on an oversized wooden block, but experienced an artistic block soon afterwards. He was unable to continue working on the painting. However, his assistant told him to release himself from cerebral trappings surrounding the artwork. To achieve this, Wassily was to repeat the word uberflut, which means flooding; and then focus on the sound of the word instead of its meaning. This way, he was able to release himself from the artistic block by focusing on the music of the word and finished the piece in 3 days.

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