Composition VII

Composition VII
Artist Wassily Kandinsky
Year 1913
Medium Oil on canvas
Location The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Dimensions 78.25 x 119.1 in
198.8 x 302.5 cm
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

The Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, who spent most of his working life in Germany, produced a series of paintings he titled Compositions, giving each of them a number. Composition VII is one of these works. It was painted in 1913, and the artist described it his most complex painting.

The painting is large, measuring 78.25 by 119.1 inches, and it is in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. It was created using oil on canvas.

Style and Composition

With Composition VII Kandinsky had moved from representational painting to purely abstract works. The theme of these abstract works was inspired by the artist’s quest to explore musical concepts in the form of painting.

Composition VII can rightly be described as an orchestration or symphony of form and color. The painting is a multicolored work that is designed to appeal to the senses and evoke an emotional response. The painting exists as an object of visual and emotional appeal, and does not need to be interpreted.

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