Description of the painting by Vasily Kandinsky “Ladies in Crinolines” (1909)

Description of the painting by Vasily Kandinsky “Ladies in Crinolines” (1909)

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In the period from 1900 to 1910 Vasily Kandinsky worked in the magazine "World of Art", which was engaged in the publication of Russian symbolism. The main theme for the work of the symbolists of that time was the culture of the Russian nobility of the 17th century and the first half of the 19th century. It is with this that the retrospective theme of the image is connected.

"Ladies in Crinolines" is painted in oil on canvas. The picture is flat, fragmentary with a predominance of rhythm and plastic. "Ladies in crinolines" is the most striking of Kandinsky's works on the theme of the nobility. The work combines an impressionistic understanding of color, as a result of a certain intensity of illumination. Thanks to this, the master tried to convey to the viewer the spirit of a departed life. The work is perceived as a desire for a decorative and monumental generalization, which is characteristic of modernity. The picture does not have a specific plot, which is characteristic of symbolism. The objectivity of the work is dissolved in the plastic art. The resurrected world of the nobility, is written with lyrical-ironic intonation, which can be seen in "toy" images.

The artist freely plays with color spots, dots and lines, because he believed that the colorful harmony of rhythms expresses an inner spiritual content. The color composition, presented from yellow to red, reaching a red-orange tone, depicts the maximum brightness of sunlight. The presented composition, the artist gives the viewer active warm energy. Thanks to the game of color, the solemn orange tone turns into a proud shade, giving an external splendor. The color of the image is similar to folklore, but at the same time modern, riddled with romanticism.

At the heart of the composition, the artist laid the rhythm of the arrangement of figures, not taking into account the storyline. Blurry, fuzzy images appear as a memory of the noble life.

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