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Maker(s):Kandinsky, Wassily
Culture:Russian, German, French (1866-1944)
Title:Abstract Composition
Date Made:1916
Materials:India ink, pencil on sketchbook paper
Measurements:Overall: 13 1/2 x 10 in.; 34.3 x 25.4 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.104
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
“Every work technically forms in the way in which the cosmos formed—by means of catastrophes, which in the end create a symphony out of the chaotic roar of instruments, called spherical music. The creation of a work is the creation of the world.” In his art Kandinsky aimed to render the laws of the cosmos and the human spirit. He saw himself as a mediator who could sense the vibrations of the world’s soul and convey them to the beholders of his art.

Kandinsky’s so-called organic abstraction contrasts with the clear geometrical shapes of Suprematism and even Cubofuturism. It conveys the seemingly unorganized structures of life, which are full of movement. A diagonal tension dominates this composition, yet many small elements distract the eye, evoking associations with nature.
BJ, 2014

abstract; cosmos; signatures

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