Given that in the pictorial production ofWassily Kandinskythe titles of his works tend to be very aseptic and are sometimes repeated from one canvas to another, it is usual that are numbered. For this reason, this oil painting made by the Russian painter in 1914 and currently housed in the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid has the full title: Painting with three stains, no. 196.
Kandinsky's Three Stain Painting
By that time, Kandinsky had reached absolute abstraction and had materialized his desire to create images that only had an equivalent in music, that is, that were far from the reality, and yet they were able to express and provoke emotions in everyone who contemplated them. Without forgetting that in many works of this creator there is a certain mystical or spiritual aspiration, something that is manifested here with that set of large oval-shaped spots, which are three, the divine number par excellence.
He always attributed a mystical function to art. After all, under the prism of it, the forms should not be identified, but rather they are the expression of an inner content, it seeks to show the emotion of the artist's soul to precisely provoke the soul of the viewer. In some way it can be said that the enigmatic and mystical creation in Kandinsky is reflected in unique shapes and colors, which can only arise from his personality. Neverthelessthey end up acquiring a concrete meaning when someone sees them and receives those emotions.
That spiritual conception of art, something to which the painter even dedicated a book, is present in all of his artistic production and even more so in works like these to which a religious link has been added. And it is that here the number three, the combination of rhythms in shapes and colors, or the indications that are seen in the previous sketches of the canvas seem to indicate that Kandinsky wanted to show something similar to the creation of the cosmos.
However, not all interpreters of abstract art describe it with this religious nuance, and some want to see here a representation of the tense pre-war climate that gripped Europe at the time. In fact, shortly after the canvas was finished in Munich, the World War I broke out.
Graphically we can describe the canvas as the representation of fluctuating shapes and very powerful colors, shapes that overlap each other and that come to cover the entire canvas. However, despite the shapelessness of the whole, the three ovoid spots in blue, green and red are striking.