Wassily Kandinsky the Russian Painter

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 3, 2012
Categories: General News

Today if you visit any of the Google Search engine homepages around the world you will see a funny looking doodle design in the place of the usual Google logo. I always like to follow the Google Doodles and like to learn more about the people, events and holidays that Google celebrates from time to time.

Wassily Kandinsky

"Wassily Kandinsky's 146th Birthday. Courtesy of the Estate of Wassily Kandinsky / ARS." by Google Doodle

It is also custom for the Google doodles to display the words "Google" prominently inside the Google Doodle however I must admit that today it was very difficult for me to find the words Google inside the doodle. The Doodle is made up of very abstract art and it looked to me like "Wassily Kandinsky" was likely a architect as I recognized several architectural symbols and triangles within the Google Doodle.

"The sun melts all of Moscow down to a single spot that, like a mad tuba, starts all of the heart and all of the soul vibrating. But no, this uniformity of red is not the most beautiful hour. It is only the final chord of a symphony that takes every colour to the zenith of life that, like the fortissimo of a great orchestra, is both compelled and allowed by Moscow to ring out." — Wassily Kandinsky

I must admit that I were surprised to learn that Wassily Kandinsky was in fact a prominent and influential Russian painter and art theorist and not a Architect (see who was Wassily Kandinsky below). However just by looking at the Google one of my thoughts were that he might have been an abstract painter. This is something that I appreciate about the Google Doodles that they themselves tell a story, it is not wonder that there is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.

The Pioneer Wassily Kandinsky did not just produce a body of work whose sensuous magnificence and rich inventiveness eclipse even the most remarkable of his contemporaries. He also provided an explicit theory of abstract painting, exposing its principles with the utmost precision and clarity.

Who was Wassily Kandinsky

He was an influential Russian artist and painter, he was born in Russia, Moscow on December 4, 1866 and passed away on December 13, 1944. In art circles Wassily Kandinsky will always be remembered as the father of modern abstract art as he is credited as the first painter to paint purely abstract works. In his early life in Moscow he studied Economics and Law Successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—he began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.

In 1896 Wassily Kandinsky moved to Germany and lived in Munich where he continued his studies in art. He studied at Anton Ažbe's private school and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 1914 he moved back to Moscow, this was just after the start of World War I. However his forms of art did not fit into traditional art in Russia and in 1921 he moved back to Germany where he lectured at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 to 1933 - This confirms my original thoughts on the Google Doodle about the Architectural designs in the Google Doodle. The Architectual designs in today's Google Doodle must have stemmed from his experience at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture.

In 1933 the Nazis closed the school and Wassily Kandinsky moved to France, in 1939 he became a French citizen and lived for the rest of his life in France. It were in France where he produced most of his prominent work.

Wikipedea - Wassily Kandinsky

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Wassily Kandinsky

. It was during this time that he began to emerge as an art theorist as well as a painter. The number of his existing paintings increased at the beginning of the 20th century; much remains of the landscapes and towns he painted, using broad swaths of colour and recognizable forms. For the most part, however, Wassily Kandinsky's paintings did not feature any human figures; an exception is Sunday, Old Russia (1904), in which Wassily Kandinsky recreates a highly colourful (and fanciful) view of peasants and nobles in front of the walls of a town. Riding Couple (1907) depicts a man on horseback, holding a woman with tenderness and care as they ride past a Russian town with luminous walls across a river. T

he horse is muted while the leaves in the trees, the town, and the reflections in the river glisten with spots of color and brightness. This work demonstrates the influence of pointillism in the way the depth of field is collapsed into a flat, luminescent surface. Fauvism is also apparent in these early works. Colors are used to express Wassily Kandinsky's experience of subject matter, not to describe objective nature.

Paintings by Wassily Kandinsky

Der Blaue Reiter (1903)

Perhaps the most important of his paintings from the first decade of the 1900s was The Blue Rider (1903), which shows a small cloaked figure on a speeding horse rushing through a rocky meadow. The rider's cloak is medium blue, which casts a darker-blue shadow. In the foreground are more amorphous blue shadows, the counterparts of the fall trees in the background. The blue rider in the painting is prominent (but not clearly defined), and the horse has an unnatural gait (which Wassily Kandinsky must have known). Some art historians believe[citation needed] that a second figure (perhaps a child) is being held by the rider, although this may be another shadow from the solitary rider. This intentional disjunction, allowing viewers to participate in the creation of the artwork, became an increasingly conscious technique used by Wassily Kandinsky in subsequent years; it culminated in the abstract works of the 1911–1914 period. In The Blue Rider, Wassily Kandinsky shows the rider more as a series of colors than in specific detail. This painting is not exceptional in that regard when compared with contemporary painters, but it shows the direction Wassily Kandinsky would take only a few years later.

From 1906 to 1908 Wassily Kandinsky spent a great deal of time travelling across Europe (he was an associate of the Blue Rose symbolist group of Moscow), until he settled in the small Bavarian town of Murnau. The Blue Mountain (1908–1909) was painted at this time, demonstrating his trend toward abstraction. A mountain of blue is flanked by two broad trees, one yellow and one red. A procession, with three riders and several others, crosses at the bottom. The faces, clothing, and saddles of the riders are each a single colour, and neither they nor the walking figures display any real detail. The flat planes and the contours also are indicative of Fauvist influence. The broad use of colour in The Blue Mountain illustrates Wassily Kandinsky's inclination toward an art in which colour is presented independently of form, and which each colour is given equal attention. The composition is more planar; the painting is divided into four sections: the sky, the red tree, the yellow tree and the blue mountain with the three riders.

Wassily Kandinsky

After reading about Wassily Kandinsky and learning about some of his paintings and theories about Abstract art, I highly recommend that you visit the Wikipedia page about "Wassily Kandinsky" where you will get much more insight about the artist, his legacy and his painting, much more that we can provide in the scope of this article. You can also look at this page http://www.wassily-kandinsky.org/ where you will get even more insight about Wassily Kandinsky

Video About Wassily Kandinsky

In this short video you can view some of the paintings done by Wassily Kandinsky, this will provide you with a quick overview of the artist and his style of painting.

Wassily Kandinsky Google Doodle

Wassily Kandinsky Google doodle

At the time of writing this article I could not find out if the Google Doodle were an original Wassily Kandinsky painting, or if Google have adopted the painting to create the Google Doodle, from the looks of it, Google have used a mixture of Wassily Kandinsky's art work in the doodle, I have also found the Wassily Kandinsky Composition VIII 1923 oil on canvas painting which looks very similar to the one in the Google Doodle.

Wassily Kandinsky painting

If perhaps the Wassily Kandinsky Google Doodle is an original please tell us about it in the comments section of this page.

Wassily Kandinsky Images

Here are some images of the paintings by Wassily Kandinsky. This is only a small example of the paintings done by him.

Wassily Kandinsky Images

Wassily Kandinsky in the News

Recently Wassily Kandinsky made international headlines when one of his paintings sold for $23 million in New York, USA at a Christies Auction.

Among the most anticipated lots of the sale was Wassily Kandinsky’s Expressionist tour-de-force Studie für Improvisation 8, from the artist’s pioneering series of 1909, which achieved $23,042,500 and set a new world auction record for the artist.

Update: Wassily Kandinsky16 December 2014 Google Doodle.