“I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the
canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing
with all the intensity I could…”
Kandinsky was Born in Moscow,
Russia Dec. 4th, 1886
He studied art in Munich
He lived in Germany until the
1930s when he then moved to
He devoted a lot of his time to the
relationship between art and
He gave many of his paintings
music-related names such as
Improvisation and Composition.
Blue Mountain, 1908-09
Autumn in Bavaria, 1908
After looking at one of his paintings resting on its side, he discovered that
colors and shapes can stand on their own as subjects of art.
As a result, he was arguably the first artist to abandon recognizable reality
and paint abstract canvases
Study of Color- Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913
Kandinsky practiced his art.
He learned what different colors do when
they were placed beside each other.
He used:
– Primary colors
– Secondary colors
– Analogous and complementary colors
– He used values (tints and shades)
Then he studied RYTHYM and MOVEMENT
Rhythm and Movement
Rhythm is created by repeated shapes and/or lines.
Visual movement occurs when the eye is pulled through a work by a rhythm of beats and rests.
The beats of the rhythm can be shapes, colors, lines, or textures, as well as objects such as people or trees
Kandinsky used rhythm in his paintings to create visual movement.
What types of lines and shapes do you see? What colors do you see?
Explain how Kandinsky created rhythm in the paintings.
Composition VIII, 1923
Rhythm —a feeling of movement
created by using the same time types of lines,
shapes, or colors several times in a work of
Visual rhythm —rhythm in art that is
visible and is created by repetition.
Visual Movement —a sense of
movement created by the use of repeated lines,
shapes, and colors.
Nonobjective painting —a
painting that contains no recognizable subject