As usual in the works ofWassily Kandinskymany of his paintings do not have any title, or he simply called themCompositionand added a number. In this case, not even that, since this work from 1916 appears in the catalogs simply as Un titled, a current that this artist began and that continues today in many contemporary artists.
Un titled Work of 1916
Kandinsky before becoming the greatest exponent of abstract art, he became involved in the current of German Expressionism, since from his Russia native had come to Munich at the beginning of the 20th century where he painted paintings like Murnau where there are still recognizable figurative elements. But he quickly he got to paint the First Abstract Watercolor of him
In the doctrine of Expressionism the spirit of experimentation was implicit. According to this avant-garde trend, the only important thing was the art itself. It was not about imitating nature, but about being able to express feelings through a very personal selection of lines and colors. That assumption led Kandinsky to the following consideration. Wouldn't art be purer by suppressing everything related to a theme, and basing itself only on the effects of color and shape?
That thought certainly led him to abstraction. And it is that Kandinsky actuallyhe was a kind of mystic who deeply abhorred all the values of progress and science that were so effervescent in his time. He believed that the world would advance much further and regenerate itself thanks to a new art based on pure interiority.
Many of these concepts were captured not only in his paintings and statements, but especially in his literary workOf the spiritual in artwhich is a kind of manifesto with all his artistic thought. There you can see his theories about colors, often relating them to music, and the psychological effects they produce. For example, he was convinced that a bright red was like a bugle call.
he was in favor of achieving a spiritual communion between people and thought that this could be achieved throughabstract art. That is the objective of works like this one in which he dedicates himself to experimenting to present us with a chromatic symphony. In fact this type of works by Kandinsky are considered within his "dramatic period", in which colors have their own values.
Yellow is madness and force without control. While the different shades of blue can be tranquility or silence. Quite the opposite of the reds, who are obviously more passionate and triumphant. In short, abstract art was taking Kandinsky's first steps based on very personal and reasoned ideas, something that opened an artistic path that continues today.