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“Landscape with Factory Chimney” by Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky, 1910, Landscape with Factory Chimney, oil on canvas, 66.2 x 82 cm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Landscape with Factory Chimney by Wassily Kandinsky

“Landscape with Factory Chimney” by Wassily Kandinsky (also spelt Vasily) is an abstract landscape with a factory chimney. In many of Kandinsky’s works, the identification of the forms and the masses presented on the canvas require elaborate analysis. The inner reality of the art requires more profound observations of the relationship of all the elements and their harmony.

Wassily Kandinsky is credited with painting one of the first recognised purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, he studying law and economics and began painting studies at the age of 30. Kandinsky was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Communist Moscow and moved to Germany in 1920. There, he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France, where he lived for the rest of his life, becoming a French citizen in 1939 and producing some of his most prominent art.

Abstract Art

Abstract Art is not just an invention of the modern world it has existed in the art of earlier cultures. Markings and designs on pottery, domestic and luxury goods, building structures as well as paintings on rocks have used geometric and linear forms which had a symbolic or decorative purpose. It is at this level of visual meaning that abstract art communicates. We can enjoy the beauty of calligraphy from many cultures without knowing how to read the language.

In modern art, there has been an explosion of art movements created; each has been defined and categorised. Each of these Abstract Art categories is identified by their visual language and their degree of independence from their non-abstract references.

Reflections

  • Which spelling do you prefer Wassily or Vasily?
  • Kandinsky lived in and experienced Russia before and after the Russian Revolution. He saw Germany before and during the Nazi period. How did turbulent Europe during the early 1900’s influence his art?
  • How did the revolutions in both Russia and Germany impact Kandinsky art?
  • How did the wars and revolutions in the early 1900s influence abstract art?

Exploring Kandinsky

Landscape with Factory Chimney

  • Title:              Landscape with Factory Chimney
  • Artist:            Vasily Kandinsky or Wassily Kandinsky
  • Created:        1910
  • Medium:       Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:  66.2 x 82 cm (26 x 32 1/4 inches)
  • Museum:      The Guggenheim

Wassily Kandinsky

  • Name:             Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky
  • Russian:           Vasily Vasilyevich Kandinsky
  • Russian::          Васи́лий Васи́льевич Канди́нский
  • Born:               1866 – Moscow, Russian Empire
  • Died:               1944 (aged 77) – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Nationality:     Russian, later French
  • Movement:     Expressionism; abstract art
  • Notable work:

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    “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

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    Photo Credit 1) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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