Houses in Munich by Kandinsky - Analysis
"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammer, the soul is the piano with the strings." - Wassily Kandinsky
When I was first introduced to abstract art, I was outraged. How dare they call this art? If you feel that way, that's fine. Please suspend your thoughts and judgements while we look at an early Kandinsky. Criticising this is like stealing kandy from a baby, though I won't do that; I'm on a diet.
But with art, I'm never on a diet. I'll explore all kinds of art and beauty. Let's therefore look at art which is a bit abstract. This piece, titled, 'Munich-Schwabing with the Church of St. Ursula,' can be classified under abstract expressionism or something. After photography was invented, artists freaked out. They realised that they had been liberated! They did not have to do realism; photographers handled that better. Art lied in exploring other areas of art, and they explored colour, emotion, line, movement...
Kandinsky, in this period of his career, started painting pieces that quenched the needs of what he called his 'inner necessity.' In this painting, ladies and gentlemen, on your right, he made colour his subject, the hero.
The church figures, along with the buildings and the sky and everything, but they play second and third fiddles to Coiour. Colour is the hero.
The artist was greatly influenced by the impressionists and the folk art of the region. The former helped him take liberties with realism and the latter produced rich colours.
If you still have problems, take a look at a photo of the church below. Satisfied? Now you know what the church looks like and you don't need any factual information. Now, let your mind rest and your emotions take over. Feast your eyes on the yellows and blue, and note how the yellow comes forward, while the rich blue recedes. Kandinsky was interested in the meanings and mechanics of colour, and he used it to advantage.
What do you think?
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