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Wassily Kandinsky. (1866-1944). Moscow. (1916).

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Wassily Kandinsky. (1866-1944).Moscow. (1916) Oil on Canvas : 51,5 × 49,5 cm.

Father of the lyric abstraction, Kandinsky as from 1909 carries out strongly coloured and little organized works. These paintings are the first entirely abstract works of the modern art. They do not refer to any reality indeed and draw their inspiration and their titles from the music. (Improvisations, Compositions, Runnings away…). For him the painter must use the forms and the colors as the musician uses the sounds and the agreements. The artist wants to insert “ spiritual in art ” and these words become the title of a capital book which appears in 1911. It presents the idea to it that the target of art is not to imitate nature but especially to express and to translate the interior world of the author without being subject to the influence of the outside world. Later it’s painting become more geometrical and less coloured, often he repeats the forms and the reasons as a musician who carries out variations on a topic. Kandinsky always was of vanguard it exposed with all the new currents of its time and has even founded new groups of painters. The radical renewal of painting by Wassily Kandinsky rests on a solid theoretical reflection. “ It is necessary that one understands finally that the form is for me only one means of achieving the goal and that if I occupy myself, in theory also, with as well of meticulousness and so abundantly of the form, it is as I want to penetrate inside the form with his constructive elements, its laws of tension”. 
Le spectateur se trouve en contre plongée, en dessous de l’œuvre. 

The city is located on the left tension field and the higher line. Between 3 natural points of interest.
The blue which was the preferred color of Kandinsky dominates the painting, only some yellow zones and hot colors come to strongly contrast with this one.

Painting is built on the large diagonal from right to left, it is moving, the city is not stable, it seems to float in the sky. The majority of the buildings lean towards the left as well as the guiding lines. The city as often Kandinsky represents it resembles a castle of the Middle Ages, with ramparts and a bridge. It seems closed and it reflects certainly the interior universe of the artist.
Details : Tens of birds rise in the sky, symbols of the ideas and the world of the thought.
The Entry of the city is not that of a modern city. It understands a bridge, a tunnel, an opened gate, 2 guards in faction with the top, and left side another bridge, ramparts and a stretch of water. It is the entry of a castle of the Middle Ages.
As it is about Moscow this part of the painting evokes the Red Place and the Palate of the Kremlin.
Light : The picture is lit by the top, on the 2 sides.
Colors : Contrast between hot and cold colors, contrast between complementary colors.
Similar Painting.
Wassily Kandinsky. Fugue. (1914).
Wassily Kandinsky. Improvisation Gorge. (1914). 
Wassily Kandinsky. To the Unknown Voice. (1916).