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Picture II, Gnomus

by Wassily Kandinsky

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Picture II, Gnomus - Description

Picture II, Gnomus was painted by Russian Abstract Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky in the year 1920. Picture II, Gnomus draws its power from the classic releationship between black and white, the resulting image reading like an abstracted music sheet with colorful sequences stacked to the right. However, it is important to know that there is to be no glory found in searching for symbolism within the shapes and patterns displayed on the canvas. Kandinsky’s black line is nothing more than a black line, and a white sequence is nothing more than a white sequence. The only thing that matters is the size of the geometric patterns and their distance in relation to one another. Notice the way that the green circle sticks out when placed in front of a white background versus a black background. It “pops” off of the page, drawing attention immediately to the colorful stack of objects beneath it. The expansion of the foreground adds to the sensation of being pulled into the painting, and the question of the limit to the black space is called into question as well. The blackness could stretch on for three feet or for infinity. The dimensions are purposely left ambiguous so as to draw a feeling of emotion from the viewer. The effect is a much more powerful display that can span the test of time and setting.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Picture II, Gnomus

Original Artist: Wassily Kandinsky
Subject: Abstract
Style: Expressionism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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